American Made




About Story & Production







The road less traveled made all the difference.

An Indian-American family confronts issues of tradition, faith, conformity and sacrifice when a son tells his turban-clad orthodox father of looking like a terrorist while stranded on a remote desert road. The film is about the conflict between a father and a son, of assimilation versus identity, faith versus compromise. All shot on the side of the road in the American desert, beneath a steadily setting sun.

The Singh family is in the middle of nowhere, stranded, with their car broken down on their way to the Grand Canyon, the expanse and solitude of the Southwestern desert surrounding them. A Sikh family – Anant and Nageena from India and their two American-born sons, Jagdesh and Ranjit know that their only hope is the remote highway and the occasional car that drives by.

Anant the father, clad in his traditional turban, sticks out his thumb in the classic hitchhiker fashion as a car approaches, hoping someone will stop and help. The car speeds on past them, down the remote desert highway. Undaunted, the family patriarch is confident that the next one will pull over and give them a hand.

Ranjit, the teenaged son, isn’t so sure: "Dad, no one will stop for you because you look like a terrorist."
Anant pauses: "Is that how you think?"
Ranjit: "That’s how they think." And so begins American Made.

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