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Amreeka (2009)

PG-13 | | Drama | 17 June 2009 (France)
A drama centered on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son in small town Indiana.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melkar Muallem ...
Fadi Farah
Raghda Halaby
Salma Halaby
Nabeel Halaby (as Yussef Abu Warda)
Mr. Novatski
Amer Hlehel ...
Selena Haddad ...
Lamis Halaby
Jenna Kawar ...
Rana Halaby
Suheila Muallem ...
Brodie Sanderson ...
Andrew Sannie ...
Daniel Boiteau ...
Jeff Button ...
Jason (as Jeff Sutton)
Miriam Smith ...
Bank Employee


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. Tragedy or hope? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Serving up the American Dream. See more »



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for brief drug use involving teens, and some language | See all certifications »



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Release Date:

17 June 2009 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Amerrika  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$61,176 (USA) (18 September 2009)


$622,164 (USA) (15 January 2010)

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2.35 : 1
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Film debut of Melkar Muallem, who received an "an introducing" credit for portraying Fadi. See more »


Birds of the Galilee
Composed by Marcel Khaliefe (as Marcel Khalife)
Lyrics by Mahmoud Darwich (as Mahmoud Darwish)
Performed by Marcel Khaliefe (as Marcel Khalife)
Published by Nagam Records, Inc. (SACEM)
Courtesy of Nagam Cultural Project / Nagam Records, Inc.
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I loved Nisreen Faour's performance.
30 June 2012 | by (NYC) – See all my reviews

In the heartfelt indy film, AMREEKA, one of the truly standout acting finds, is the beautifully performed role of Muna, played by Nisreen Faour - a divorced Palestinian woman, with a teenage son, Fadi (played by Melkar Muallem), who decides to leave their home country, and travel to America (actually, it was filmed in Canada).

Muna has several degrees, but, due them not being accepted, she must work at a White Castle.

Her son's quiet, and, as is often the case - but worse - is picked on, as the 'new kid,' but, being Arab, at this time, the whole conflict between westerners and the Arab countries comes into play - with Fadi being use as the totem, for the 'terrorist' as well as the 'cause' another classmate's brother (a soldier) went into the military.

All through this hard, and difficult time of transition, Muna has an optimism, and chutzpa, and, a warmth, that had me wishing she was my mom.

I wasn't planning to watch AMREEKA, but, after seeing the first few minutes, I became so engrossed in this determined woman to MAKE things work out for her, and her son, I watched it through. And, am happy I did.

You will be too.

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