Ilan Ziv’s documentary EYE FOR AN EYE is a “story of revenge, change and forgiveness which addresses the issues of human rights and investigations of contemporary history.”
In the weeks following 9/11, dozens of attacks against Muslims, Sikhs and other minorities were reported across America. Among the perpetrators was Mark Stroman, who began “hunting Arabs,” as he described his nightly prowling. He set targets on anyone he thought came from the Middle East. His victims happened to be immigrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh and India. He killed two and partially blinded a young man from Bangladesh. He was arrested, convicted and sentenced to Death.
In a rare twist of fate, in the weeks before in impending execution, his only surviving victim became his biggest advocate – Rais Bhuiyan, a devoted Muslim, began a campaign to spare Mark’s life in the name of Islam and its notion of mercy.
With unprecedented access and in-depth interviews, the film charts this riveting drama of revenge, change and forgiveness. At its heart is the profound bond forged between Stroman and the Israeli born filmmaker Ilan Ziv. For the first time in Mark’s life, the narrative of hate starts to wear off as he begins a journey inward that challenges some of his most intolerable thoughts about the people and the world he lives in. A powerful human drama that carries a warning and a message of hope in our troubled times.
Ilan Ziv is a graduate of New York University film school, and in 1978 he co-produced New York’s first Middle East Film Festival. He’s the director of many documentaries screened and awarded world wide. His most recent film is the 6 parts series Capitalism broadcast on ARTE October 2015 and received rave reviews. “With this series,” wrote Le Monde in a full page review, “Ilan Ziv authors a captivating epic that helps us understand today’s crisis of inequality… the series will undoubtedly remain a major contribution to social and economic thought.”
Filmoption International will release EYE FOR AN EYE in Canada, it will open all over Quebec on October 28th, 2016.