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Towelhead Details

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Six Feet Under creator and American Beauty screenwriter Alan Ball makes his feature directorial debut with this screen adaptation of author Alicia Erian's controversial novel Towelhead. Jasira (Summer Bishil) is a 13-year-old Arab-American who's contending with the pains of adolescence when her life takes a sudden and unexpected turn. Sent to live with her stern Lebanese father, Rifat (Peter Macdissi), by her self-absorbed mother (Maria Bello), Jasira finds herself struggling to adjust to life in the suburbs while contending with racism and hypocrisy at every turn. Rifat lives in a modest, suburban Houston home next to racist reservist Mr. Vuoso (Aaron Eckhart) and meddling expectant mother Melina (Toni Collette). Adjusting to life in the suburbs isn't easy for young Jasira, though she tries her hardest to adapt to the unfamiliar environment by striking up casual conversations with her curious new neighbors. In the process, Jasira finds herself increasingly attracted to hormone-driven African-American teen Thomas (Eugene Jones). When Rifat finds out that his daughter's new boyfriend is black, he vehemently condemns the relationship. As America launches its initial invasion of Iraq, Jasira finds herself caught up in a potentially explosive situation that is only compounded by her raging hormones and the snooping of her pregnant, busybody neighbor. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

  • Release date:September 12, 2008

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Women Film Critics Circle Aaron Eckhart Most Offensive Male Characters 2008 Winner
Independent Spirit Awards Summer Bishil Best Actress 2008 Nominee

Crew

Alan Ball
Director
Alan Ball
Producer
Steven Rales
Producer
Ted Hope
Producer
Alicia Erian
Book Author
Alan Ball
Screenwriter
Newton Thomas Sigel
Cinematographer
Thomas Newman
Composer (Music Score)
Randall Poster
Musical Direction/Supervision
Andy Keir
Editor
James Chinlund
Production Designer
Anne Carey
Executive Producer
Scott Rudin
Executive Producer
Peggy Rajski
Executive Producer
Daniel Glicker
Costume Designer
Marlena Grzaslewicz
Sound/Sound Designer
Ira Spiegel
Sound/Sound Designer
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