Share

Watch It

On DVD: Now | On Blu-ray: TBD

Amreeka Details

FULL SYNOPSIS

A Palestinian single mother and her son resettle in the American Midwest with bittersweet results, in first-time director Cherien Dabis' gentle fish-out-of-water comedy drama Amreeka. Nisreen Faour stars as divorcée Mouna, a resident of the West Bank who works as a local bank manager while raising her 16-year-old son, Fadi (Melkar Muallem), on the side. Each day, the two must put their lives in jeopardy by driving through potentially lethal Middle Eastern checkpoints to accomplish their daily business, but their situation changes dramatically when Mouna finally succeeds at getting a green card. The two fly from Jerusalem to Chicago, but get a bitter taste of the reality behind the American dream when the customs department claims the money that Mouna wrapped in a cookie tin, leaving her penniless. The nascent immigrants promptly move in with Mouna's sister, Raghda (Hiam Abbass of Lemon Tree), and her family, and Mouna sets about trying to find a bank job in the U.S. that is equivalent to her old position at home; unfortunately, this proves impossible and she ends up serving "sliders" at a White Castle fast food franchise and earning minimum wage. Meanwhile, Fadi begins attending a local high school and runs headfirst into not-so-subtle racism and the imminent threat of nativistic violence. ~ Nathan Southern, Rovi

  • Release date:September 4, 2009

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Independent Spirit Awards Nisreen Faour Best Female Lead 2009 Nominee
Independent Spirit Awards Cherien Dabis Best First Screenplay 2009 Nominee

Cast

Nisreen Faour
as Muna Farah
Melkar Muallem
as Fadi Farah
Hiam Abbass
as Raghda Halaby
Yussuf Abu-Warda
as Nabeel Halaby
Alia Shawkat
as Salma Halaby
Joseph Ziegler
as Mr. Novatski
Amer Hlehel
as Samer
Selena Haddad
as Lamis Halaby
Jenna Kawar
as Rana Halaby
Suheila Muallem
as Jamileh
Brodie Sanderson
as Matt
Andrew Sannie
as James
Daniel Boiteau
as Mike
Miriam Smith
as Bank Employee

Crew

Cherien Dabis
Director
Cherien Dabis
Producer
Christina Piovesan
Producer
Paul Barkin
Producer
Alicia Sams
Producer
Cherien Dabis
Screenwriter
Tobias Datum
Cinematographer
Kareem Roustom
Composer (Music Score)
Doug Bernheim
Musical Direction/Supervision
Keith Reamer
Editor
Liz Jarvis
Co-producer
Al-Zain Al-Sabah
Co-producer
Alicia Sams
Executive Producer
Cherien Dabis
Executive Producer
Patricia Henderson
Costume Designer
Ellyn Long Marshall
Casting
Brock Capell
Sound Mixer
Marie E. Nelson
Casting
David Till
Production Manager
Advertisement

Other movies like this