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AmericanEast (2008)

A family man (Badreya) opens an authentic Middle Eastern restaurant with his best friend, who's Jewish.

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Mustafa Marzoke
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Fikry
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Murad
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Kate
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Sabir (as Al Faris)
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Omar Nasser
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Sam
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Agent Stevens
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Angela Jensen
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Dez
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John Westerman
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David
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Leila Marzoke
Richard Chagoury ...
Mohammed Marzoke
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Summer in L.A., it's hot. Homeland Security has set the threat level at red; they're searching for several Arabs alleged to be terrorists. Mustafa, an Egyptian immigrant who runs a falafel shop, comes to the FBI's attention; they investigate him. He has other problems: his young teen son no longer wants to be a Muslim; his sister, a nurse, objects to Mustafa arranging her marriage to a cousin from Egypt. She has a non-Arab suitor of her own. Omar, an employee of Mustafa, is a struggling actor who doesn't want to play only terrorists. Mustafa hopes to open a real restaurant and has a potential partner in Sam, a Jew, whose family objects. What price the American dream? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Rated R for language, including some sexual references, and brief drug use
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$2,500,000 (estimated)
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This should be a TV show!
4 September 2012 | by See all my reviews

What a wonderful movie that I came across accidentally on ThisTV (www.thistv.com) late last night (3 AM). I didn't know if I was watching a television series or a movie and was just smitten with the storyline. I live in a metro area with a significant middle eastern population and I was very interested in the perspective shown.

The multi-generational characters, culture clash and what it means to each of them to achieve the American dream offers something that anyone can relate to.

I want to follow the characters for several more years. Make my dream come true and make this a TV series!


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