From the Episode: America

Rita Mahtoubian is Not a Terrorist

| August 23, 2016

AFI / 2015 / 8 minutes / English / Color

“If you do the most, you’ll live the most life.”

Iranian-born Rita Mahtoubian comes from a long line of doers and dreamers. But after she arrives in America alone in the 1980s, she seems destined for anonymity. After an inspiring Rosh Hashanah dinner at her neighbor’s house, Rita sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary. In the process, she also unwittingly attracts the attention of a Homeland Security agent.

Directed by Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman. The directors were named 2016 Film Independent Directing Lab Fellows for their work on a feature-length version of the short. Principal Cast: Della Saba, Patrick Fugit (Gone GirlAlmost Famous), Charlotte Ross, Anthony Azizi, and Lauren MacLean.

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