AMREEKA (2009 SFF Park City, Utah USA)

Ben Meyers’ rating: 4.6|5.0 Stars ìììì

Amreeka—a very well-told tale of the difficulties of re-establishing oneself in a new country—is told from the point of view of a divorced, single parent Palestinian Christian woman who lived in Bethlehem and worked in West Bank Palestine. Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour), who has been abandoned by her husband for another woman, wins an American Green Card through the lottery. She makes the decision to relocate her teen-age son, Fadi Farah (Melkar Muallem), to the USA. Muna is unable to get the same level of employment she enjoyed on the West Bank and settles for a position working in the fast food industry while living with her sister and brother-in-law. Tensions mount for this middle eastern family living in an American neighborhood after 9/11 and the story is off and running.

Additional Thanks

Best work for Director and Writer Cherien Dabis. Thank you to Executive Producers Cherien Dabis, Alicia Sams, and Greg Keever for making the film possible. Music Composer is Kareem Roustom. Additional casting includes: Salma Halaby (by Alia Shawkat), Nabeel Halaby, (by Yussuf Abu-Warda), Mr Novatski (by Joseph Ziegler), and Bank Employee (by Miriam Smith).

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