Made in USA: Growing Pains explores themes of home, nationalism, borders, pride and creation of all things made in the USA. The series visualizes and delves into my upbringing as an Arab and Muslim in America. The up-rooting and re-planting of my parents from seeds of civil war and intergenerational trauma. It looks critically at what it means to be American in the “melting pot” of assimilation, discrimination, surveillance, orientalism and the dominating negative representation perpetuated by media and film of the Arab American identity. A recipe in creation of self, in transformation of pain into beauty, all within the backdrop and structures of white supremacy, colonization, exploitation, imperialism and the violence that make up the foundations of this land. What will we continue to plant here? What will the future of all things made in the USA be? Do we have the courage to change it?