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Towelhead 2008

description written by member Zara:

"Towelhead" follows the dark, bold and shockingly funny life of Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, as she navigates the confusing and frightening path of adolescence and her own sexual awakening. When Jasira's mother sends her to Houston to live with her strict Lebanese father, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father a curiosity. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonely in this new environment, Jasira seeks friendship and acceptance from her neighbors Mr. Vuoso, an Army reservist, and Melina, a meddling but caring expectant mother. Thrown into an unfamiliar suburban world, Jasira must confront racism and hypocrisy at home and at school - and at the same time struggle to make sense of her raging hormones and newfound sexuality. Her boyfriend, Thomas, though a few years older, provides some comfort - but even that relationship causes problems when her father discovers that Thomas is black. Surrounded by adults who are just as lost as she is, Jasira yearns for understanding, even amidst often brutal acts. Based on the critically acclaimed novel by Alicia Erian and written for the screen and directed by Alan Ball (Oscar® winning writer of "American Beauty" and creator of "Six Feet Under"), "Towelhead" stars Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Maria Bello, Peter Macdissi and newcomer Summer Bishil as Jasira.

Release Date:September 12th, 2008
Directed By:
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Written By:
No image existsAlan Ball
No image existsAlicia Erian
Aaron EckhartAaron Eckhart
No image existsPeter Macdissi
Toni ColletteToni Collette
Maria BelloMaria Bello
No image existsMatt Letscher
No image existsChase Ellison
No image existsLynn Collins
No image existsRobert Baker
No image existsLisa Catara
Larry CedarLarry Cedar
No image existsShari Headley
No image existsJohn Lacy
Chris MessinaChris Messina
No image existsLoriDawn Messuri
No image existsAlejandro Patino
Carrie PrestonCarrie Preston
No image existsLorna Scott
No image existsSoledad St. Hilaire
No image existsIrina Voronina
No image existsNathalie Walker
No image existsLee von Ernst
No image existsSummer Bishil
No image existsEugene Jones III
No image existsGemmenne de la Peña
No image existsRandy J. Goodwin
No image existsKim Knight
No image existsMichael McShae
No image existsGraham Kolbeins

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Towelhead Movie Review by Jarrod (10/9/2008)

'Towelhead' is a derogatory term for Arabs and Muslims; this movie, from Oscar-winning screenwriter Alan Ball, deals with racism towards Arabs and Muslims during the first Gulf War in the early 90s, when Saddam invaded the tiny nation of Kuwait, and George Bush sent in troops to dislodge him. Jasira (Summer Bishil) is a...

(complete Towelhead review by Jarrod)

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