A DREAM IN DOUBT (Tami Yeager) Rating: NNNN
In the early moments of A Dream In Doubt, a representative from the Anti-Defamation League describes racism as a virus in constant search of a host. This analogy guides Tami Yeager's deeply affecting documentary about a Sikh family in Arizona suffering from one of the most tragic ripple effects of 9/11 - the paranoid hatred that invaded an American psyche weakened by post-attack shock.
The primary subject of the film, which screens as part of the Spinning Wheel Film Festival this weekend, is Rana Singh Sodhi, whose brother was killed on September 15, 2001 by a gunman intending to avenge the attacks. In the aftermath, Sodhi and his family, who emigrated from India in the 1980s to escape religious persecution, struggle to make sense of a society that equates turbans with terrorism.
Yeager allows the soft-spoken Sodhi family to relate a story that is by turns sad, infuriating and uplifting and renders the consequences of 9/11 in personal terms. Only near the end, when the focus briefly shifts to the trial of the accused killer, does the film stray from its emotional core.
A Dream In Doubt screens Saturday (November 24) at the Isabel Bader.