Private Project

My Brother Karim

Inspired by true events, an international student and his enigmatic mentor Karim plot to blow up the Federal Reserve building in New York City.

  • Ashish Ravinran
    Saving Rohan
  • Ashish Ravinran
    Saving Rohan
  • Eric D. Cohen
    Dream #7, Gonzo @ The Derby, Saving Rohan, Katelyn
  • Samrat Chakrabarti
    Key Cast
    In Treatment, The Brink, Midnight's Children, Vishwaroopam
  • Fahim Hamid
    Key Cast
    Tyrant, The Family
  • Project Type:
    Short, Student
  • Genres:
    Thriller, Drama
  • Runtime:
    9 minutes 30 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    April 25, 2016
  • Production Budget:
    3,500 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    United States
  • Country of Filming:
    United States
  • Language:
    Bengali, English
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Director Biography - Ashish Ravinran

Ashish Ravinran is a filmmaker from Singapore currently based in New York. His short films have screened in festivals in the USA, France, Canada and the UK. He is currently in pre-production on a feature film: a political satire about race relations in the US. Apart from writing and directing, he also works frequently as an editor and has edited commercial work, documentaries, a web series and numerous short films. Most recently, he edited and produced an ESPN '30 for 30' short doc about the cult writer Hunter S. Thompson, featuring Sean Penn, which premiered at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival. He has a First Class Honours degree in History from Oxford University and attended the graduate filmmaking program at NYU Tisch School of the Arts, where he currently teaches editing.

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Director Statement

Shortly after moving to New York in 2012, I discovered the story of Quazi Nafis, a 22 year-old Bangladeshi student who attempted to blow up the Federal Reserve building in Lower Manhattan in 2012. Uncovering his motives led me to research the threat of 'lone wolf' terrorism, the FBI's controversial use of informants, and subsequently how to determine guilt in such cases - all of which ultimately resulted in this short film. Since I made the film there unfortunately have been numerous attacks that demonstrate the enormity of the challenge. Although the film provides no easy answers, it calls on us to understand each other, not as targets, but as people.