Part travelogue, adventure and coming-of-age story, season two of On the Road in America follows four young Arabs—two women and two men—as they embark on a quintessentially American rite of passage: a cross-country road trip. Like the acclaimed first season, this installment of On the Road will view America through the eyes of these young Arabs, while fostering cross-cultural exchange and understanding.
The travelers take part in “typical” American experiences and gaining insights into formative events that shaped American culture. The people they meet, and adventures they have along the way, provide a unique look into the lives and experiences of Americans and act as catalysts for personal growth and acceptance. Through the prism of the cast's perceptions, Americans will develop a better understanding of Arabs and, hopefully, themselves.
The second season of On the Road features a young and diverse cast. Sara Hoteit, 23, is Shi’a and grew up in Côte d’Ivoire. Sara now lives in South Beirut and works in marketing. Lama Masri, 21, was born and grew up in Saudi Arabia. A devout Sunni Muslim, Lama is a member of the Lebanese national women's soccer team and is a recent graduate of Lebanese American University with a degree in political science. Joseph Assi is a 22-year-old Palestinian refugee and filmmaker who resides in a camp in Lebanon and comes from a Christian family. Basheer Haddad, 25, is a Sunni Muslim convert from a Druze family, and hails from Cairo. Basheer is a model and actor.
This season, the cast began their journey in Los Angeles and traveled to Washington, DC via the Southwest, deep South and Mid-Atlantic states. Each location provided a context for exploring important issues such as capitalism, poverty, faith, race relations and education.
The second season premiered in the primetime Friday slot on MBC1 - the most-watched pan-Arab free satellite channel - with repeats airing twice a week, for four consecutive weeks between March 25th and April 15th 2010. According to the European polling firm Ipsos Stat, the show averaged 9 million viewers in its primetime slot, making it "the second most watch show in the Arab world". The second season of On The Road was so popular that MBC flew the cast to Dubai to film a 90-minute town hall discussion with a studio audience of students and journalists to discuss the issues raised and the lessons learned. This special episode aired twice in primetime on MBC1 with an audience share of approximately 7 million viewers.
On the Road in America (Ala Al-Tariq fi Amrika) is Layalina's reality travelogue series produced in association with Visionaire Media of Los Angeles. Academy Award-nominated and multiple Emmy award-winning producer Jerome Gary is the series' creator, director and executive producer.
Discover the cast and crew on the show's blog, which was continuously updated during production.