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Detroit Unleaded
93 minutes
Director(s): Rola Nashef
Thu 3:10 PM Varsity 4
Fri 6:10 PM Varsity 4
Sat 12:10 PM Varsity 4
Sun 12:10 PM Varsity 4
Mon 9:40 AM Varsity 4
In a typical Arab-American neighborhood in Detroit, Sami works behind the bulletproof glass of the 24-hour gas station he co-owns with his cousin, Mike. When Sami’s father was killed during an armed robbery, he found himself burdened with a life he never wanted — a world composed of junk food, magazines, and long-distance phone cards. Aided by a scatterbrained parking lot attendant, Sami and Mike struggle to keep the business afloat. The station becomes more than just a pit stop for rolling papers and off-brand perfume when the beautiful and spirited Najlah walks in, and Sami’s shift becomes anything but routine. He allows himself to dream of a life away from the limited horizons of a sliding plexiglas window and traditional family bonds. Detroit Unleaded is part screwball comedy, part coming-of-age story about the dreams of second-generation Americans navigating family, love, money, and friendship while finding the courage to build their own future.
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