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Iranian-American Break Dancer Releases Documentary "Warring Factions" For Free

Los Angeles, California -- September 20, 2009 -- Muslim-American filmmaker Justin Mashouf will be releasing his feature-length documentary, "Warring Factions," on September 20th for free on his website  The film will also be available on DVD for $5 and the choice to donate an additional amount.  The DVD includes extra features including an audio commentary from the director and behind the scenes media.  The DVD will be available for pre order September 11th.

"Warring Factions" is 24-year-old Mashouf's first feature-length documentary. Filming began in April 2007, capturing his experiences as a multi-ethnic Iranian-American exploring his Muslim identity in a post-9/11 world. In the wake of rising international tensions, he is cornered into answering the question, "Where is your loyalty, America or Iran?"  Shot in both countries, Mashouf's journey throughout the film uses his love for break-dancing as a way of bridging an American culture with Iranian youth.  Additionally, he becomes a student of the traditional Iranian martial art of "Varzesh Bastani" and seeks to understand the sentiments of the religious conservative generation of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution.  Upon returning to the US, Mashouf was detained by Homeland Security and his video footage was confiscated on suspicion of terrorism, which was later returned.

As voices in the Obama administration deliberate their official Iran policy and media outlets have fueled the perception of a nuclear standoff, "Warring Factions" is a call to (dis)arms. By combining documentary and studio reenactments, Mashouf looks at the blurring of world borders, and the looming threat of another war in the Middle East.



When: Sunday September 20th, 2009.  12


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