Just Your Average Arab

SYNOPSIS

Just Your Average Arab is a comedy in which Arab-American characters meet in the storage room of a convenience store where they take an “Arab American Survival Guide post 9/11” class. The characters learn how to change their names, appearance, and accents to look more “American” and to avoid scrutiny from a terrorist-fearing American public. What follows is a hilarious ride that combines political anxiety, comedy, satire, and a script that will cause you to laugh and think.

AWARDS

  • 2006 Boston Comedy & Film Festival – Audience Award
  • 2006 Plymouth Independent Film Festival – Official Selection
  • 2006 Arab Comedy Festival – Official Selection

REVIEWS

“This film is laugh-out-loud funny but the message is dead serious” – Denise Taylor, The Boston Globe

“…the most interesting, varied multicultural ensemble I’ve seen in a Boston-area film.” – Gerald Peary, The Boston Phoenix

“A witty satire that takes on the hot topic of racial profiling, while cleverly breaking down the stereotypes endured by post 9/11 Arab-Americans.” – Scott J. Thompson, Full-time Visiting Professor at Boston University

“Thank you for showing Just Your Average Arab to the Bridgewater State College community. It was a wonderful turnout followed by a great discussion session.” – Dr. Jabbar Al-Obaidi, Chair of Communication Studies, Bridgewater State College

“I thought Just Your Average Arab was a moving, educational, and funny film. I showed it to all my classes.” – Susan Erickson, MFA, Central New Mexico Community College

“Pushing some clichés and stereotypes to the excess, Just Your Average Arab turns post-USA Patriot Act paranoia into a comedy that makes one think how Arabs are seen nowadays in the United States.” – Emerson College Journalism Review