Born in Lebanon, Ata immigrated with his family to Massachusetts while still a child. He was raised in the U.S. but was heavily influenced by the Arabic culture that was maintained within his suburban childhood home. "The Fig Leaf is Hairy On Both Sides" exposes two [second generation] queer characters’ desire to return to their roots. Dance, intimacy and fragments of an enigmatic past comprise a nostalgic celebration culminating into an exploration of hybrid Arab-American identity. Influenced by history, tradition, and family aspirations, the struggle to preserve culture may be more demanding than anticipated. Willingly Fred and Melissa accept their relatives’ expectations of them in respect to gender roles, sexuality and culture but not before revamping them to their own unique desires. She and he will find a harmony.
"The Fig Leaf is Hairy On Both Sides" addresses desires for the persistence of linear cultural and familial traditions from one generation to the next while also showing their necessary transformation in contemporary diasporic locales by second and third generation subjects living in queer time. What traditions will get passed on and how will a culture continue to evolve through a queer filter?