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Parliament Joins the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Screening of “Stranger at the Gate”

May 3, 2023

On Tuesday, May 9th the Parliament of the World’s Religions is joining the Illinois Holocaust Museum as a community partner in the screening of Stranger at the Gate, an Academy Award-nominated documentary produced by Malala Yousafzai. Please join us at the Museum for a FREE screening of this powerful true story of humanity, forgiveness, and redemption.

After 25 years of service in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Richard “Mac” McKinney returned home to Muncie, Indiana, with an all-consuming hatred toward the people he had been fighting overseas. McKinney decided to bomb the local mosque, but when he came face-to-face with a welcoming community, his plans – and his life – took an unexpected turn. Stranger at the Gate follows the story of Mac McKinney and the community he encountered.

The film will be followed by a discussion between the film’s leading subjects, Richard “Mac” McKinney, and Bibi Bahrami, as well as the film’s director, Josh Seftel. The panel will be moderated by Michael Gray, Partner at Jones Day, and Member of Illinois Holocaust Museum’s Board of Directors.

When: May 9, 2023 | 6:00 PM CDT

Where: 9603 Woods Drive, Skokie, IL 60077

How: This program is FREE to the public! Register online at

Additional community partners include Children of the Abraham Coalition; Jewish United Fund of Metropolitan Chicago; Muslim Community Center; Syrian Community Network (SCN); Illinois Film Office; and the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts.

Part of the Jones Day Foundation Community Series, a special series of events focused on confronting antisemitism and hatred in all its forms.