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The Kitchen

Jason starred in the made-for-TV movie The Kitchen, written and directed by Andre Degas (Condition Red). Produced by Independent Television Service (ITVS), The Kitchen premiered on PBS on June 15, 2001.

Set in the Hell's Kitchen neighborhood of New York, The Kitchen offers a rare look at an Egyptian family living in America. Jason plays Jamal, a first-generation Egyptian American
who wants to pursue a career as a percussionist with his boogaloo band.  His immigrant father, Farid (Mark Margolis), wishes instead for Jamal to take over the family business: a small Hell's Kitchen grocery store. Farid remembers the struggles he faced when he arrived as a young man in the U.S., and refuses to let his son gamble with his livelihood. As Jamal fights for his musical dreams and falls for a non-Egyptian woman, he must come to terms with his father's past and decide whether he's really ready to abandon their way of life.

The Kitchen is available for purchase on DVD. For a preview, watch the trailer below that creator Andre Degas posted to YouTube:





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