Detroit Film Theatre


Friday, November 15, 2013

7:00 PM Detroit Film Theatre

(USA/2012—directed by Rola Nashef)

Director Rola Nashef expands her award-winning short film for her feature-length debut, a spirited and engaging comedy-drama set in a small, family-owned inner-city gas station, where a budding romance encounters unexpected obstacles. Forced to take over the family business after the unexpected death of his father, a young Lebanese-American man named Sami (E.J. Assi) finds himself saddled with a lifestyle he never wanted, interfering with his plans for college and complicating his budding romance with a beautiful and very proper young woman (Nada Shouhayib). Exploring race relations, generational differences and economic problems with humanity and wit, Detroit Unleaded is a winningly modest landmark in a new wave of Arab-American filmmaking and one of the year’s most welcome directorial debuts. Discovery Award, Toronto International Film Festival. (92 min.) 

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