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'Towelhead' Title Irks Arab-Am. Group

    Oct 27, 2008 – An American Arab group is criticizing for ethnic stereotyping the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures release Towelhead, reports yesterday’s UK Guardian newspaper. The drama is about an Arab American girl living in Houston who experiences a sexual awakening,
    The film is from Alan Bell, who is writer of Oscar Best Picture winner American Beauty. Towelhead stars Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) and Toni Colette, and Summer Bishil in the main role. The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) says the title will be a catalyst to the film’s derogatory title becoming more acceptable in society.
    Warner appologized for any offense, but said the title stays because it comes from creative forces including author Alicia Erian—an Arab American on whose novel the film is based.
    In the Guardian article, Erian is quoted praising CAIR as “admirable,” but adds the organization is wrong to try to "force the artist to alter her work, but instead (should) use the occasion of that work as an entry point for meaningful debate and discussion.”
    The film was screened at least year’s Toronto International Film Festival under the title Nothing is Private. Its U.S. theatrical release is scheduled Dec. 12.
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www.guardian.co.uk/film/2008/aug/26/towelhead.aaroneckhart