In the movie East is East, Zaheed, a Pakistan immigrant in the UK, tries to force his kids to become good Muslims in spite of their happiness. Racism and Islamophobia are clearly some of the factors that lead Zaheed to behave in this way. When he first arrived to the UK he was very open-minded and ready to accept this new culture in the country he was moving to. He adopted an English name (George) and married an English woman, which according to Pakistan country laws it is prohibited. A Pakistan that is Muslim can only marry a woman who is Muslim as well. So, Zaheed, or George, left his identity behind to become involved in the British culture. Yet, he was not ready to being rejected. His open-mindedness included the belief that this new community would instantly accept him. B...
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