Independent documentary about Kirkland man accused of terrorism to screen at KPC, June 2

Barzan, a controversial feature-length documentary about terrorism, immigration and the human cost of national security, will have its local premiere at the Seattle International Film Festival.


The film tells the story of Sam “Barzan” Malkandi, an Iraqi refugee who was working toward his piece of the American Dream in Kirkland, Washington when a footnote in ‘The 9/11 Commission Report,’ connecting him to a high-level Al-Qaeda operative shocked his suburban community.


Director Alex Stonehill and Writer/Producer Sarah Stuteville, founders of local-global news publication The Seattle Globalist, traveled to Iraq in 2010 to interview Malkandi, and then returned to Seattle to pursue the shadowy details of his five-year journey through the immigration court system.


Stonehill and Stuteville, as well as co-director Bradley Hutchinson and Executive Producer Cassidy Dimon, are available for interviews and appearances throughout May and June.


The filmmakers can speak to timely elements in the film related to immigration reform, the backlash from the Boston bombings, and the renewed debate over terrorism detainees in Guantanamo. The team can also speak to the growing Seattle independent film community and the film creation process here in the Seattle area, from Kickstarter to distribution.


Barzan screens Sunday, June 2nd at 12:30pm at the Kirkland Performance Center.


Programmers at the True/False Film Festival called Barzan "...a Kafka-esque view of the bureaucracy of the Department of Homeland Security, the terrifying spectre of kangaroo courts outside the US Judiciary, and the human wreckage left in its wake."


The film was funded through Kickstarter, and features organic animated sequences by local artist Tess Martin.


More information about the film is available at