• Release Date: September 12, 2008
  • Run Time: 2 hr 8 min
  • Rating: R - strong disturbing sexual content and abuse involving a young teen, and for language
  • Cast: Summer Bishil, Aaron Eckhart, Peter Macdissi
  • Director: Alan Ball
  • Genre: Art House/Foreign, Drama

Synopsis: "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.