Amreeka is a 2009 drama film written and directed by Cherien Dabis, her debut feature film. Amreeka premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, and was later screened at the Cannes Film Festival in Cannes, France where it won the FIPRESCI Prize. It was screened at a number of festivals worldwide and opened for limited release in the United states on September 4.
Amreeka tells the story of a Palestinian woman, Muna (Nisreen Faour), and her teenage son, Fadi (Melkar Muallem). After winning the green card lottery, they move to a suburb of Chicago to live with her sister's family, which includes her husband and three daughters. Muna loses her money hidden in a box of cookies: the box is confiscated, which is only noticed by Fadi, who does not know about the money. She does not find a job at her level (she was a bank employee) but is hired by a White Castle fast-food restaurant; she is ashamed of that and lies to her family that she got a job at the adjacent bank. She gets along well with her young colleague Matt.
The family has to cope with negative attitudes toward Arabs. Reacting to this, Fadi starts a fight, and is arrested; however, his school's principal is very sympathetic to the family, and due to his plea Fadi is released the same day.
The family finds out about Muna's job, and comforts her; it is not a big deal. She gets pride in her work.
- Nisreen Faour as Muna Farah
- Melkar Muallem as Fadi Farah
- Hiam Abbass as Raghda Halaby
- Alia Shawkat as Salma
- Jenna Kawar as Rana Halaby
- Selena Haddad as Lamis Halaby
- Yussuf Abu-Warda as Nabeel Halaby
- Joseph Ziegler as Mr. Novatski
- Andrew Sannie as James
- Daniel Boiteau as Mike
- Brodie Sanderson as Matt
- ^ http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=amreeka.htm
- ^ Moy, Ed (July 24, 2009). "Director Cherien Dabis touches audiences' hearts with 'Amreeka'". Examiner.com. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. http://www.webcitation.org/5jYMB0CmU. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
- ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1190858/awards
- Official website
- Amreeka at the Internet Movie Database
- Amreeka at Box Office Mojo
- Amreeka at Rotten Tomatoes
- Cherien Dabis's Film "Amreeka": From the West Bank to Small-town America