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As the son of the Imam of the local Brooklyn mosque, eleven year-old Daud has to juggle the high expectations of his Father (Maz Jobrani) and his feelings of isolation and difference– even from his peers in the Muslim community. Through an innocent act of good faith, Daud inadvertently befriends a group of Jewish boys who mistake him as a fellow classmate at their orthodox school, in the neighboring Jewish community. A genuine friendship grows between Daud and Yoav, one of the Jewish boys, and his family. Unable to resist the joy of a camaraderie that he has never felt before, David, as he is known to the kids, is drawn into a complicated dilemma inspired by youthful deceit and the best of intentions.
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I'll admit: The main reason I decided to watch this was the fact that Maz Jobrani is in the film and this is one of his more serious and thoughtful roles. But the real stars of the film are the kids, specifically David, the protagonist, who is so incredibly talented. Everything about this film felt real. The angst of David's sister... the relationships in the film, the friendships, the cultural themes, the setting, everything.
Do not pass this one up, you will not be disappointed.
One kid, Duad/David, is studying the Quran and his father is head of a mosque in Brooklyn (Bay Ridge), New York. His Muslim father is very strict, and Duad has a sister who received a scholarship to study Computer Science at Standford University in California, but the father refuses to let her go far from home. The Muslim mother is passive, but has a high influence over the father as a house wife, and she sides with the kids.
The other kid, Yoav, is studying at the Yeshiva school nearby and his family is Jewish. One day when Yoav was studying the Jewish Bible with his friends at a park, Yoav left his Bible on the park bench. Duad, being a really good person, he chases Yoav to the Yeshiva school to return the Bible, but was locked out. In his rush to leave, Duad left the book in the Yeshiva's mailbox only to later discover that he had left his family Quran instead. He then returns to the Yeshiva and plays himself off as a Jewish kid named David, so that he can access the school to get his Quran back. While there, he befriends Yoav, and they became best friends. They enjoyed life together and David had the chance to learn about the Jewish life style. Living in two worlds, he knew he would have never met his friend if not for this incident. The question is, can they remain best friends forever? Must their cultures/religions keep them apart?
A Jewish boy and a Muslim are great friends until the Jewish boy finds out his friend is Muslim.
This is like a condensed version of what is going on around in the world.
Religion seems to get in the way of friendships. It polarizes the world.
These two boys are wonderful actors. I just love these little guys.