AmericanEast (2007)

Genres - Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Psychological Drama  |   Release Date - Nov 14, 2008 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 111 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - R
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Synopsis by Matthew Tobey

The heightened racial tensions of post-9/11 America are at the center of this 2007 drama, the feature debut from director Hesham Issawi. Co-writer Sayed Badreya stars as Mustafa, an Egyptian-born entrepreneur facing the daily challenges of an Arab Muslim living in Los Angeles and hoping to open a restaurant with his Jewish best friend, played by Tony Shalhoub. As Mustafa is met with friction for this unlikely plan, several other stories of adversity in the Arab-American community unfold around him.

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Arab-American, Jewish, racial-tension, restaurant, stereotype, widow/widower, September 11th, terrorism