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Amreeka

June 2009

1h 36min

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Amreeka

Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna’s sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years’ experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job’s at a nearby bank. It’s spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he’ll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story.

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  • Director:Cherien Dabis
  • Producer(s):Paul Barkin, Christina Piovesan, Zain Al-Sabah, Liz Jarvis
  • Language:English/Arabic/French
  • Stars:Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat
  • Writer(s):Cherien Dabis
  • Exec producer:Cherien Dabis, Alicia Sams, Gregory Keever
  • Company credits:National Geographic, Image Nation Abu Dhabi, Levantine Entertainment, Maximum Film Entertainment, Cinergy Productions, First Generation Films, Alcina Pictures, Buffalo Gal Pictures, Eagle Vision Media Group, Rotana Film Production, Showtime Arabia, Violet Jabara Foundation, The Royal Film Commission Jordan
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