Written and directed by Joseph Castelo, The War Within is the story of Hassan, (Ayad Akhtar in his debut performance), 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, surreptitiously entering the United States to join a cell based in New York City. What unfolds is a profound human and political drama. (2005 - R)
Approx. running time: 90 mins.
“A TAUT, COMPELLING THRILLER.” – Kevin Thomas, LA Times
“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