It’s impossible to lay low as an Arab in America today. If you look the part, you are suspicious by association.Terrorists could be anywhere. You’re compelled to defend yourself, your people, your religion. But why should you apologize for acts that have nothing to do with you? In American Arab, Iraqi-born director Usama Alshaibi takes a hard look at the contradictions of Arab identity in post 9/11 America, weaving his own life’s journey and “coming-of-Arab” experiences into the life stories of several unique subjects. From Chicago to small towns in Illinois and Iowa, Usama explores the values, passions, and hopes of his fellow Arab-Americans as he struggles to make peace with the contradictions of his chosen homeland.