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American East (2007)

Directed by Hesham Issawi. Cast: Erick Avari, Tony Shalhoub, Ray Wise. A timely, poignant drama about Arab Americans living in post-9/11 Los Angeles, examining long-held misunderstandings about Arabic and Islamic culture. After the attacks, an Egyptian-born entrepreneur faces the daily challenges of an Arab Muslim living in Los Angeles who hopes to open a restaurant with his Jewish best friend. As Mustafa is met with friction for this unlikely plan, several other stories of adversity in the Arab-American community unfold around him. 111 min. Credits and other information from the Internet Movie Database