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This intriguing 2006 digital documentary goes behind the explosive headlines surrounding the 2001 release of Mohsen Makhmalbaf's Kandahar, which costarred African-American Hassan Tantai—aka David Belfield, wanted in the U.S. since 1980 for murdering a supporter of the shah of Iran. Canadian Jean-Daniel Lafond's portrait reviews key moments in his subject's life, from the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. and the rise of the black power movement to Belfield's conversion to Islam and the racist class prejudice he observed among wealthy Iranian Muslims in Washington, D.C. Talking heads weigh in with conspiracy theories as to how Belfield may have been duped, but nothing is so bleak as the regret expressed by the fugitive living in Tehran, who still defends his actions but laments that Iran's revolution has not lived up to his youthful expectations. 70 min.

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