Documentaries can come in various forms. One major form is the one where the director is looking backwards at something that happened either recently or historically and is trying to re-create it. The other major form is simply capturing an event or story as it's occurring. In such case, the director gets to experience its subject live and in the present. Filmmaker Malachi Leopold attempts to do a little of both here. As such, he had certain expectations, expectations that were completely shattered by a turn or twist of fate.In a 2011 interview with Edge Media Network, the activist filmmaker answered questions about the impetus to make Alex & Ali, the documentary about his gay uncle Alex in North Carolina and his gay lover Ali in Iran, and how they've been working to reunite since the two separated in 1977. What was particularly fascinating is that Leopold was raised in a strict, evangelical home. His father, in fact, was a pastor who raised Leopold to think homosexuality was a sin worse than murder. Leopold said he even protested gay people. The fact that he was able to make this film and completely turn his mind around is quite incredible. Instead of protesting them, he's now working to promote and advance equality and LGBT rights. He labels his journey as "the asshole and the advocate." The first word represented who he used to be in regard to gay rights. The second word represents who he is now.