American Arab

Veteran underground video maker (and former Chicagoan) Usama Alshaibi recounts his experiences emigrating from Iraq to the U.S. as a teenager and finding acceptance in the cultural underground; he also profiles several recent Arab emigres, a few adolescents who are second-generation Arab-Americans, and our society’s ongoing Islamophobia. That’s a lot of ground to cover in an hour, and one might wish that Alshaibi had gone deeper into some of his concerns or omitted them entirely. Yet what’s here is personable and occasionally eye-opening.