Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna's sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years' experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job's at a nearby bank. It's spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he'll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story. Tragedy or hope?- Written by <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Tired of abuse by Israeli occupation troops, Ramallah model student Fadi Farah jumps at the chance to emigrate and study in the rural US. His fuzzy, mother, simpleton bank clerk Muna, manages to 'hide' all their savings so as to lose everything before they land, thus totally dependent on her sister Raghda and brother in law, Nabeel Halaby MD. Class bully Mike chooses Muslim 'hence terrorist' Fadi as his gang's new whipping boy, which gets totally out of hand at the diner where Muna took a waitress job. Only Fadi's principal Stan Novatski, a Polish Jew's son, truly sympathizes and tries to help.- Written by KGF Vissers
After her husband divorces her for a slimmer woman, Muna Farah lives with her mother in an unnumbered house in Bethlehem. She applies for immigration to the U.S. while her son, Fadi, is enrolled in a private school. Qualified with 2 degrees, and employed for 10 years at a bank, she drives her son to school everyday. Her commute increases from 15 minutes to 2 hours due to the construction of a wall and stopping at 2 checkpoints. After obtaining Visas, they travel to Illinois to live with her sister, Raghda, her husband, Dr. Nabeel Halaby, & 3 daughters: Salma, Lamis, and Rana. With the $2500 that she hid in a cookie-box confiscated, the duo just have $200, and are financially dependent on the Halabys - who face challenges after the U.S. attacks Iraq. Nabeel's starts losing patients; a written threat is received; they get behind in their mortgage payments; while Fadi and Salma face racial profiling in school. Muna manages to get a job at White Castle but tells everyone that she works at the United Alliance Bank. Things only get worse after Muna has an accident, and Fadi gets arrested for Assault.- Written by rAjOo (email@example.com)
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