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Past Event

"Stranger at the Gate" Film Screening and Discussion

After 25 years of service, U.S. Marine Mac McKinney returned home to Indiana filled with an all-consuming rage and hatred toward the people he had been fighting against overseas.

Still fueled by his desire to fight for his country, McKinney makes a violent plan to bomb the local mosque. But when he comes face to face with the community of Afghan refugees and others of Muslim faith, his plan and life take an unexpected turn.

This documentary film explores the dynamics of patriotism, humanity and redemption. Following the film screening will be a panel discussion with Director Joshua Seftel, Bibi Bahrami and Mac McKinney.   

November 29, 2022

The Commonwealth Club of California
110 The Embarcadero
Taube Family Auditorium
San Francisco, CA 94105
United States

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Welcome and Introduction by Carrie Lozano

Documentary Filmmaker; Journalist; Director, International Documentary Association’s Enterprise Documentary and Pare Lorentz Funds; Lecturer, University of California Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism

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Bibi Bahrami

Founder and President, Awaken

Richard “Mac” McKinney

Former U.S. Marine

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Joshua Seftel

Director and Producer, Stranger at the Gate

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A.C. Thompson

Staff Reporter, Pro Publica—Moderator