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Amreeka (2009)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  17 June 2009 (France)
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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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Fadi Farah
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Raghda Halaby
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Salma Halaby
Yussuf Abu-Warda ...
Nabeel Halaby (as Yussef Abu Warda)
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Mr. Novatski
Amer Hlehel ...
Samer
Selena Haddad ...
Lamis Halaby
Jenna Kawar ...
Rana Halaby
Suheila Muallem ...
Jamileh
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Andrew Sannie ...
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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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Rated PG-13 for brief drug use involving teens, and some language | See all certifications »
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17 June 2009 (France)  »

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

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$622,164 (USA) (15 January 2010)
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6 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

And if you don't know what my title is in reference to then you haven't seen this movie. "when you are in this house you are in Palestine", that's another important statement in this movie!

This is actually a very well acted and scripted film! It chronicles the immigration of a single Palestinian mother and son to Illinois and the culture clash they encounter.

Unfortunately the plot is depressingly familiar and the outcome predictable. The mother is honest but wants to save face with her family that is allowing her & son to live with them by lying about her job. Both son & mother face rejection at school and the workplace, but they are resolute in overcoming the odds against them.

So there you have it ... I encourage people who enjoy good cinema to watch this as it is a well crafted movie but I'm afraid a bit forgettable.


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