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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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Nisreen Faour ...
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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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Matt
Andrew Sannie ...
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Daniel Boiteau ...
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Jeff Button ...
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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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$61,176 (USA) (18 September 2009)

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$622,164 (USA) (15 January 2010)
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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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Amreeka the beautiful.
4 July 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

What happens when your life is turned upside down by your husband divorcing you for a slimmer, younger woman and walls are built around where you live adding hours every day to your commute to work and you spend every penny to keep your son in a private school? You take the first best opportunity that comes along to get out of that situation. Muna, a Palestinian single woman, does just that when she receives an offer to relocate free to America. This begins the adventures and misadventures of someone immigrating to America with the hopes and promises of a better life. She lands in a small town in Illinois to live (temporarily is the plan) with her sister and physician husband and teenage children until she can establish herself and son. She has two degrees and has had professional experience in the work world so it shouldn't take long - wrong! Told with humor as well as heartbreak (it's just after 9/11and anyone from the Middle East is the enemy), this National Geographic film is a reminder of why people still come to AMREEKA and how easy it is to be misunderstood and to struggle to make a living no matter how hard you are willing to work. It is worth watching by families whose children may be finding it difficult to accept those who don't talk or dress or act just like us. Changing schools as an American teenager can be very difficult. Try coming from another country, especially one we see as an adversary. Highly recommend.


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