From Fear and Hate to Redemption: Stranger at the Gate (originally broadcast in September 2022)

Stranger at the Gate is a short documentary nominated for an Academy Award in the Best Documentary Short Subject category. It retells the harrowing story of what happened when an ex-Marine went to a Muncie, Indiana mosque to detonate a bomb. The film invites listeners to explore more significant questions and see the humanity in all people despite their intentions. Host Ambereen Khan talks to the filmmaker Joshua Seftel to learn more about his backstory and what drew him to make this film. Seftel reflects on his upbringing in upstate New York, encountering anti-Semitism as a kid, and where his spiritual journey is heading.

Ambereen Khan talks with award-winning documentary filmmaker Joshua Seftel about his latest project, Stranger at the Gate. Acquired by the New Yorker and currently streaming on the news magazine’s website, the 30-minute film challenges viewers to see the humanity in someone who planned a monstrous plot. Seftel shares how he learned of the story and why he felt this narrative features all the complexities of human nature, fear, and how an unlikely cast of characters change each other’s lives.


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