Iraqi-born director United States Usama Alshaibi takes a provocative look at the contradictions of Arab identity, weaving his own life's journey into the life stories of several diverse characters. Exploring the values, passions, and hopes of his fellow Arab-Americans, Alshaibi tries to make peace with his conflicted chosen homeland. This documentary weaves sadness and humor, anger and satire, provocation and understanding, embracing the multifaceted Arab-American experience of post 9/11 America. By shedding light on and giving clarity to a recent and difficult time for Arabs living in the US, American Arab shows how the struggles over identity are universal.
International Documentary Festival Amsterdam, Chicago International Film Festival, CAMMFest.