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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Melkar Muallem ...
Fadi Farah
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Raghda Halaby
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Salma Halaby
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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
Brodie Sanderson ...
Matt
Andrew Sannie ...
James
Daniel Boiteau ...
Mike
Jeff Button ...
Jason (as Jeff Sutton)
Miriam Smith ...
Bank Employee
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Storyline

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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Amerrika  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$622,164 (USA) (15 January 2010)
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Film debut of Melkar Muallem, who received an "an introducing" credit for portraying Fadi. See more »

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Desert Roots
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Performed by Ali Mrateh Fadh
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A Close-Up of the Racism & Sexism Reality Anywhere in the World!
24 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

This is a great film about immigrating to North America as a divorced mother. The interactions between Mona (the mother) and Fadi (the son) are memorable; whether it be at the border at the occupied territories, in the US regarding his rebelliousness in school or confronting the attitude of US rural society.

I just viewed this film and disagree that it is a stereotype. Maybe the reviewers have not taken a good look at "real life" in North America as a newly arrived immigrant.

In this case, they are from occupied Palestine and immigrate exactly when the Bush administration declares war on Iraq. The town shuns them. No one is Iraqi, Palestine is occupied and war is on the way; so the son convinces her to leave when she receives unexpected news.

A twist and tease every step of the way and the end is most unexpected!


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