November 22, 2013
Director: Rola Nashef
MPAA Rating: N/A
Screenwriters: Rola Nashef, Jennifer Ginzinger, Heather Kolf
Starring: EJ Assi, Nada Shouhayib, Mike Batayeh, Mary Assel, Steven Soros, Akram-Ahmar
Expanding on the award-winning 2007 short, "Detroit Unleaded" is a modern take on Romeo and Juliet that tells the story of Sami, a Lebanese-American who reluctantly takes over his family's gas station business after his father is murdered in an armed robbery. It's not a life that Sami ever wanted, nor did his late father who always encouraged his son to go to college. The gas station is more than just a pit stop for rolling papers and fake perfume, but a place where an infinite stream of spirited and often hilarious people flow through. When a gorgeous "up-do girl" named Najlah comes to deliver cheap long-distance phone cards, Sami quickly falls for her. Afraid her overprotective brother will disapprove, Najlah begins a romance with Sami under the promise of secrecy.