UPF's On a Wing And a Prayer gets its strength from its characters. Here's some background on the people in the film.
Last seen wearing a purple dinosaur outfit as the school mascot in high school, Iman is now an outgoing, fun-loving young mother. She just happens to be Muslim. And wear the hijab. Stylish, modern, and pretty, Iman would love to be the next "Islamic Martha Stewart," that is, when she's not burning something in the kitchen. Her most important role, however, is taking care of her three kids and being a good mom. Definitely scared about Monem's flying lessons, Iman feels life deeply, shows emotions with unabashed openness, and expresses the conflict of being a Muslim woman in America today.
This 22-year old flight instructor is definitely cute, but he's no Tom Cruise "Top Gun" type of pilot. Serious and somewhat nerdy in his total dedication to flying and following all the proper procedures, he really wants Monem to succeed. Now if only Monem could find the time to study and prepare before his flying lessons! Matt puts some heavy pressure on Monem to do everything correctly. Of course he does - Monem is Matt’s first student - ever. But will it work?
Helmet complete with flaming blue racing stripe, Monem zooms around town... at the speed limit... on his scooter. Proud of getting 90 miles to the gallon, he's quick to smile. Monem greets the world with childlike innocence, despite being a Muslim totally dedicated to Islam. His emotions show in his eyes when he's reluctant to say them aloud--like when telling Iman about the problematic planes with missing screws. Monem has to travel a lot for work--tough on the whole family, not to mention his progress in the flying lessons back home.