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In the last 12 months the city of Dearborn, MI has been thrown into conflict. A conflict about fear, ideology and identity politics –which has at its heart the central question of what it means to be an American today. Home to the largest mosque in North America, it is a place of apparent contradictions: simultaneously a sleepy affluent suburb and the subject of rumours around ISIS terror cells and sharia law.

This film takes us into the lives of five very different citizens who have been caught in the crossfire, from Muslims to Christians, citizen militias and young university graduates. For all, their American identity is paramount. As they grapple with questions of religion, race and class, do these separate communities have more in common than they realise?

Key credits
Directors: Katharine Round and Ben Steele
Editor: Caterina Monzani
Executive producers for the Guardian: Charlie Phillips and Lindsay Poulton
Commissioned by the Guardian and the Filmmaker Fund

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