Two families bond when their teenage sons are killed in an explosion at a suburban mall only to discover one of their children is the prime suspect.


An unexpected bond forms between two women when their sons are killed in an explosion at a local shopping mall. When the police find evidence of a bomb, one of the sons, a Muslim American, becomes the prime suspect, threatening the two mothers’ new friendship and forcing them to question how well they knew their own children. Torn is a powerful, dramatic journey that invites each of us to confront our own perceptions of the world and one another.

Torn won the award for Best Feature Film at the Oscar-qualifying Rhode Island International Film Festival and the Irvine International Film Festival.


Starring Mahnoor Baloch, Dendrie Taylor, John Heard, Faran Tahir, Sharon Washington, and Patrick St. Esprit

Directed by Jeremiah Birnbaum

Screenplay by Michael Richter

Produced by Michael Richter, Jeremiah Birnbaum, and James Burke