Bryn Mawr Film Institute will screen a documentary this week detailing the suicide of Sunil Tripathi, a Bryn Mawr native falsely accused of being involved with the Boston Marathon bombing.
Tripathi, known as "Sunny" to friends and family, disappeared in March 2013, prompting a 38-day search for him. His disappearance happened around the same time as the Boston Marathon bombing, which caused users on such sites as Reddit and Twitter to falsely identify Tripathi as a suspect in the bombing.
Now, Bryn Mawr Film Institute will screen Help Us Find Sunil Tripathi on Thursday at 7 p.m., complete with a Q&A with members of Tripathi's family. The documentary details the search for Tripathi, as well as the media circus that ensued after he was falsely accused of being involved with the Boston Marathon bombing online. The film was originally released in 2015.
"I felt like, as I was approaching this film, in order to tell the story, we have to know who Sunil is," director Neal Broffman told the Inquirer in 2014. "Enough was said about him that was not true the night of the misidentification."