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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Nisreen Faour ...
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 ...
Andrew Sannie ...
Daniel Boiteau ...
Jeff Button ...
Jason (as Jeff Sutton)
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 <>

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Serving up the American Dream. See more »



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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

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


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

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2.35 : 1
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Feature film directing debut of Cherien Dabis. See more »


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A beautiful, personal film; not what you might expect.
10 October 2010 | by (Angola) – See all my reviews

I seldom comment on movies here but felt compelled to comment on this one. I say "not what you might expect" because I think a lot of people's reactions to this film are going to be heavily influenced by preconceptions about what this film is supposed to be "about." I can't blame them; if I heard that this was "a film about an Arab family's struggles after immigrating the USA after September 11th," I'd probably groan because I'd have certain expectations too. But this is not a "message" film, and if you go into it looking for messages, you're going to miss the point. Rather than political, this film is personal. You could call it simple, but it's not simplistic. Far from it; it refuses to reduce the subtlety and nuance of life to overt messages. I think that an honest, objective viewing of this movie will reveal that, the "stereotypes" and "simplifications" that some reviewers are seeing, were brought in by the reviewers themselves. This is not a perfect film, but it has a lot more depth, beauty and truth than most family dramas, and certainly more than the didactic work one might expect.

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