‘Rita Mahtoubian is not a Terrorist’ is a Satirical Take on Romance and Mistaken Identity

| March 9, 2017

When Iranian-born Rita (Della Saba, Zootopia) sets out to change her life from ordinary to extraordinary, she captures the attention of a homeland security agent (Patrick Fugit, Gone GirlAlmost Famous, Outcast) in Rita Mahtoubian is not a Terrorist, a satirical comedy about romance, terrorism, and self-help.

Written and directed by Roja Gashtili and Julia Lerman, the short was produced at AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival in 2015. In 2016, the filmmakers were selected for Film Independent’s Directing Lab, where they began work on a feature-length version of the film, which was also chosen for the Sundance Institute’s Feature Film Creative Producing Lab.

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Series Producer
Lisa Landi

Associate Producer
Julia Shackelford

Peter Borg

Zaldy Serrano
Christina Zee White

Original Music
Written and Produced by

John Andrieni

Kevin Cooke
Marie K Lee

Social Media Specialist
Aldo Mora-Blanco

Sarah Hoffner

On Air Promotion
Bridget Louie

William Lowery
Abby Staeble

Director of TV Production
Sandy Schonning

Executive Producer
Scott Dwyer