Amreeka

Synopsis & Film Details

Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small-town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.

Told with heartfelt humor by writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.

Directed by Cherien Dabis, an international co-production.
USA, 2009, 35mm
96 minutes, PG-13
English


Critic Reviews

This piquant film brings a keen and serious eye as well as that feeling for affectionate human comedy to this fraught situation, smartly avoiding both stridency and sentimentality in the process — it’s an elegant balancing act.

Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times
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Cherien Dabis’s “Amreeka” stands alongside “The Visitor” and “Maria Full of Grace” as one of the most accomplished recent films about a non·European immigrant coming to the United States.

Stephen Holden, New York Times
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The good humor, generosity, and love Dabis bestows on her characters in this assured first feature are uniquely hers — the mark of a talent to watch.

Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
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