“Towelhead”

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The story of politics, race and the path of adolescence, “Towelhead” arrives on DVD Dec. 30 from Warner Home Video.

“Towelhead” follows the dark, bold and shockingly funny life of Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, as she navigates the confusing and frightening path of adolescence when her mother sends her to Houston to live with her strict Lebanese father.

“Towelhead” comes from Academy AwardTM winning director Alan Ball (American Beauty, TV’s True Blood, Six Feet Under), and features performances from Golden GlobeTM Nominee Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight, Thank You for Smoking), Academy AwardTM nominee Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Little Miss Sunshine), two-time Golden GlobeTM Nominee Maria Bello (A History of Violence, Thank You for Smoking) and Peter Macdissi (TV’s Six Feet Under).

“Towelhead” will be available on Single Disc at $ 27.95 in widescreen format

“Towelhead” follows the dark, bold and shockingly funny life of Jasira, a 13-year-old Arab-American girl, as she navigates the confusing and frightening path of adolescence and her own sexual awakening.

When Jasira’s mother sends her to Houston to live with her strict Lebanese father, she quickly learns that her new neighbors find her and her father a curiosity. Worse, her budding womanhood makes her traditional and hot-tempered father uncomfortable. Lonely in this new environment, Jasira seeks friendship and acceptance from her neighbors Mr. Vuoso, an Army reservist, and Melina, a meddling but caring expectant mother.

Thrown into an unfamiliar suburban world, Jasira must confront racism and hypocrisy at home and at school – and at the same time struggle to make sense of her raging hormones and newfound sexuality. Her boyfriend, Thomas, though a few years older, provides some comfort – but even that relationship causes problems when her father discovers that Thomas is black. Surrounded by adults who are just as lost as she is, Jasira yearns for understanding.

DVD ELEMENTS
• “Towelhead” Community Screening: discussion about controversy surrounding the title
o Host Alan Ball, author Alicia Erian and Rajdeep Singh Jolly, Legal Director, SALDEF (Sikh American Legal Defense and Education Fund) RT: 49:15
• “Towelhead” Community Screening, a deeper look at the characters and actors
o Host Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Summer Bishil and Hussam Ayloush/ CAIR (Council on American-Islamic Relations) RT: 24:41

 

 

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