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Sundance Channel reality show to dispel American Arab Myths

by Brad Trechak, posted Jun 4th 2008 8:04PM

The Sundance ChannelLeave it to the Sundance Channel to broadcast a reality television program that may actually benefit world society. The show is called On The Road In America and is about four Arabs in their 20's on a road trip across America, seeing different aspects of American culture.

The show is backed by Layalina Productions, a Washington nonprofit group that wants to use television to foster better understanding between the two worlds. When the series was shown in the Middle East, it attracted 4.5 million viewers per episode from countries like Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Kuwait and Algeria.

Egyptian cast member Ali Amr views the program as an opportunity to dispel Middle-Eastern myths about the United States. "They think Americans are spoiled. They spend money for nothing. They are fat," he said. "After my experience, when I traveled in different places, no, I found the people different."

The series sounds more documentary-style than the preconceived situations seen in other reality TV programs, but at least it's serving a useful purpose. Take THAT Rock of Love and other reality television trash!

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