Well-meaning social drama follows the misadventures of Mudi, a Palestinian mother (Nisreen Faour), and her teenage son Fadi (Melkar Muallen), as they migrate from the West Bank to a small Illinois town, seeking a better life and finding one thats merely different. Writer-director Cherien Dabis herself a Palestinian immigrant to the US puts a full load of potentially comic, slapstick-y, situations into Mudi and Dabis story, but we feel so sorry for them we dont have the heart to laugh. Filmmaker Dabis gets at least one thing right: the bland, cottony niceness of people who would drop their Palestinian-American doctor because of terrorism fears, yet who would never say anything impolite to his face (96 min.).
Director: Cherien Dabis
Writer: Cherien Dabis
Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Jenna Kawar, Selena Haddad, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Joseph Ziegler, Andrew Sannie and Daniel Boiteau