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DVD Release Date: 1/31/2006

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Written and directed by Joseph Castelo, THE WAR WITHIN is the story of Hassan, a Pakistani engineering student in Paris who is apprehended by western intelligence services for suspected terrorist activities. After his interrogation, Hassan undergoes a radical transformation and embarks upon a terrorist mission, surreptiously entering the United States to join a cell based in New York City. After meticulous planning for an event of maximum devastation, all the members of the cell are arrested, except for Hussan and one other. With no alternative and nowhere else to turn, Hassan must rely on the hospitality of his former best friend Sayeed, who is living the American dream with his family in New Jersey. Deciding to go forward and carry out his own attack, Hassan takes advantage of Sayeed's generosity while plotting his strategy and amassing materials to create explosives. Eventually, Hassan's skewed religous fervor clashes with his feelings for Sayeed and his family, especially Sayeed's sister Duri.


Directed by: Joseph Castelo
Produced by: Jason Kliot, Joana Vicente, Tom Glynn
Written by: Ayad Akhtar, Joseph Castelo, Tom Glynn
Executive Producers: Todd Wagner, Mark Cuban
Director of Photography: Lisa Rinzler
Editor: Malcolm Jamieson
Production Designer: Stephanie Carroll
Costume Designer: Sylvia Grieser
Co-Producers: Gretchen McGowan, Per Melita
Associate Producers: Michael G. Pollard, Will Battersby, Tory Tunnell
Music by Free Association
Music Supervisor: Tracy McKnight
Casting Director: Cindy Tolan;


Ayad Akhtar..............Hassan
Nandana Sen..............Duri
Firdous Bamji............Sayeed
Sarita Choudhury.........Farida
Charles Daniel Sandoval..Khalid
John Ventimiglia.........Gabe
Samrat Chakrabarti.......Chief Inspector Khan
Aasif Mandvi.............Abdul
Ajay Naidu...............Naveed
Kamal Marayati...........Imam Hamza
Mike McGlone.............Mike O'Reilly



“A SEARING, STAGGERINGLY PLAUSIBLE FILM. Director Castelo infuses the action with the dark dread of a Darren Aronofsky film and deserves credit for staring hard at a difficult subject matter.” – Ned Martel, New York Times

“THIS REMARKABLE FILM IS NOT THE FIRST TO DEAL WITH THE SUBJECT OF TERRORISM AND IT SURELY WON’T BE THE LAST. BUT IT MAY VERY WELL END UP BEING THE BEST. A towering piece of social commentary about a problem that no amount of oversimplification or moral posturing can ever hope to address.” – Wade Major, LA City Beat

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