Aasif helps Bobby run for high school class president with a little help from a new friend (The Daily Show's Samantha Bee) cousin Tariq (The Roots' Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter). more »

Full Credits

Starring
Aasif Mandvi as Aasif Qu’osby
Sakina Jaffrey as Fatima Qu’osby
Shoba Narayanan as Whitney Qu’osby
Nicky Maindiratta as Bobby Qu’osby
Written by
Aasif Mandvi & Miles Kahn
Co-Executive Producer
Chan D. Booth
Executive Producers
Aasif Mandvi & Miles Kahn
Executive Producer
Lillian LaSalle
Directed by
Miles Kahn
Associate Producer
Chris G. Eleftheriades
Associate Producers
Mik Moore & Miriam Fogelson
Chris & Amanda Wade
Co-Producer
Chris Marsh
Casting By
Lois Drabkin
Editor
Miles Kahn
Cinematographer
Rick Siegel
Camera Operator
Pat Casey
Lawrence Roman
Sage Obrera
Camera Utility
Charlie Metzger
Camera Assistant/Media Mgr
Vince Rappa
Production Manager
Rashi DeStefano
Production Coordinator
Aiden McClellan
First Assistant Director
Jermaine Sumra
Second Assistant Director
Kenny Willams
Sound Mixer
Rob Ellenberg
Boom Operator/Sound Utility
Sonam Grey
Gaffer
Nicola Guarmeri
Best Boy Electric
Sean Li
Electrics
Kelley Nesper
Peter Vertefeuille
Dylan Kaplowitz
Electric PA
Robert Moxley
Production Designer
Lenny Tso
Production Designer’s Assistant
Nikkiya Burke
Leadman
Miles Engulf
Set Dresser
Jessica Rogozzino
Lead Carpenter
Allan Haigh
Carpenter
Taylor Browning
Art Assistant
Eric Barrera
Hair/Makeup
Joanna “JoJo” Rodriguez
Wardrobe Stylist
Joanie Pony
Courtney Button
Assistant Wardrobe
Alton Dulaney
Assistant Editor
Katie Ennis
Motion Graphics
Michael Hogan
Title Design
Dave Brubaker
Web Design
Adriel Luis
Theme Song Co Produced and Mixed by
Flavorlab Score
Post Audio and Film Mix by
Greg Arnold for nofat::creative
Publicity Services
BWR Public Relations
Sunshine Sachs
Accounting Services
Stuart Gelwarg & Nicholas Famularo
Altman, Greenfield and Selvaggi
Production Legal
Joshua Sandler & Bianca Grimshaw
Gray Krauss Stratford Sandler Des Rochers LLP
“Just an Ordinary Family”
Performed by
Ken Gold & Lillian LaSalle
Lyrics by
Miles Kahn & David Javerbaum
Music by
Matthew Loren Cohen, Miles Kahn & David Hill
Creative Consultants
Chad Carter
Stuart Miller
Brennan Shroff
Sara Taksler
Production Assistants
Dylan Allred
Mohammad Ali Shan Javid
Alexxis Banschbach
Chris Dale
Valentine Drelon
Youssef Lahlou
Ben Leong
Ian Ludd
Katie Maraghy
Ysef Mars
Rachel Moss
Andrew Nakarni
Lindsay Quella
Brandon Stefanowitz
Jake Wears
Emily Wilson
Special Thanks to:
Kalia Abiade
David Abramovich
Madihha Ahussain
Maynor Alas
Deborah Axt
Lara Bergthold
Bonnie Bernstein
Jeffrey Chassen
Laura D’Abate
Sarah Early
Negin Farsad
Jill Garvey
Bruce Gellman
Michael Goddard
Mark Gordon
Marla Haut
Katharine Henderson
Mahin Ibrahim
Sahar Jahani
Mohammad Ali Shan Javid
Mary Kane
Jill Kaplan
Jennifer King
Norman Lear
Dean Obeidallah
Christina Papadopoulos
Shaifali Puri
Naheed Qureshi
Robert Radack
Suman Raghunathan
Linda Sarsour
Jon Stewart
Nina Shreiber
Anna Strout
Rachel Tiven
Nadia Tonova
Bassema Yousef
We Also Wish to Thank:
APM Music
Atlantic Pictures
Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
The Brennan Center
The Daily Show with Jon Stewart
Institute for Social Policy and Understanding
Jews for Racial and Economic Justice (JFREJ)
Mobile Video
MTV’s Look Different Campaign
Shoulder to Shoulder
Viacom
Halal in the Family was made possible with the incredibly
generous support of these phenomenal organizations:
Center for New Community
ACCESS / National Network for Arab American Communities
Southern Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT)
Auburn Seminary
Ford Foundation, Civil and Human Rights Unit
Unbound Philanthropy
Pillars Foundation
Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art’s Building Bridges Program
Muslim Advocates
And the Nearly 500 Awesome People Who Donated on Indiegogo

Transcript

(Male sings)
We're just an ordinary family,
living in your town (but don't worry)
We like monster trucks and football, even though we're brown (we hate curry)
So welcome to our clan
We promise there's no plan
To change the way you live or how you pray
Because we're just here to obey
(Male Voice): Your various laws, and local ordinances
(Another Male Voice): What are you doing? We're not that kind of Muslims.
Nicky Maindiratta: In conclusion, therefore, I-I think I would make
a good class president because I can do things...
and because I'm an American Muslim.
Was it good?
Aasif Mandvi: Well, it is a very good first draft.
Sakina Jaffrey: And you said all the words.

> Yes.
Shoba Narayanan: Are you trying to win by boring everyone to death so
no one can vote for anyone else?

> Whitney Habib Qu'osby.

> Oh, she's right. It's no good. I just get so nervous, you know?

> Just speak from your heart.

> Exactly just downplay the Muslimy thing.

> Aasif?

> He actually has a Muslim birth certificate, and white
people are obsessed with finding those things.

> Bobby just be yourself.

> Oh, I don't know.

> Maybe we should call Tariq.

> We don't need to call your cousin.

> He is a pro at this stuff.

> Look, I got an idea.
What this kid needs is a little pizzazz.

> Last time you said that you were arrested for sneaking an eagle into the
statue of liberty.

> And in my defense that would've made a great family holiday card.
Come on Bobby, lets make history.

> Fatima, we got this election in the bag. Check out this banner.

> What have you done?

> What have I done? What has Wendy done?
Wendy is an image consultant, and she has worked on some very high profile campaigns,
some of which she hasn't lost.

> Mrs. Q, Bobby is a natural.

> What is this supposed to mean, evil doers?

> Well would've you wanted to have gone to school with bunch of evil doers?

> Well no, but who's doing evil?

> Well, it could be anyone. That is the point.

> And what is this Bobby Q business?

> Branding! You're going to love it. Ok, so without further ado may
I present your future high school president, Mr. Bobby Q.
Put on the hat. Ok, now say the tagline.

> I will Bobby-Q my opponents to the gates of hell.

> Yeah!

> Can I talk to you privately for a moment?

> Yeah. Isn't he great?

> This is not Bobby?

> Look, Wendy just wants Bobby to de-emphasize a few things, you know,
brown things.

> Cousin Tariq is not going to like this.

> Ah, you didn't invite him did you?

> You better believe she did.

> Oh, hi cousin Tariq. Also known as Black Thought from The Roots.

> Aasif, what is all this?

> This is branding.

> Man you really done it this time.
Look Bobby, becoming a successful public figure isn't about changing who you are.

> No, I know that, but Wendy said if I read this speech promising to protect
the school from Sharia law then I'm a shoo-in.

> Who's implementing Sharia law at a high school?

> Well no one, but a vote for Bobby ensures it will stay that way.

> Lady, do you even know what Sharia law is?

> Ok, here's the thing, I don't, but I do know that it tests through the roof
if you say you're against it.

> Listen lady, I don't have time to teach you that Sharia law is a
broadly defined set of religious practices, and that it could never
become law in America because the U.S. Constitution supersedes all religious law.

> See, I feel like you did have time to actually teach me that.

> But I will tell you that people like you throw around these so called scary
Muslim terms like Sharia to convince everyone that we're some kind of bogeyman,
and that's not cool.

> Wow, this has been a very special episode,
of events.

> Look man, just speak your mind. You know, I mean like, why do you really
want to lead your class?

> Ok, here goes. I'm running for class president so that students of
all backgrounds can rally around what's really important, and what's most
important is that girls swim team practices should be open to the
public just like all the other team practices are.

> That's your platform?

> That's my boy.

> Woo, yeah!
(They chant): U.S.A, U.S.A,...

> Oh, Aasif.

> I want a divorce.
(end theme song plays)

> Are you trying to win by boring everyone to death so no one can vote
for anyone else?

> Whitney Habib...oh, shit.

> No-no, if you want to win at a campaign sometimes you got...
Look, if you want to be a winner you sometimes have to...shit.

> Put on the hat. Ok...oops. Nope, sorry. It went on backwards.

> Sharia law is a broadly defined set of religious practices.

> Wendy she said if I read this speech promising to protect...there's no speech

> Branding.

> Yeah, I'm an idiot.
(male voice): And cutting.

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