Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois. In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.
Told with heartfelt humor by writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.
Directed & Written by: CHERIEN DABIS
Cast: NISREEN FAOUR, MELKAR MUALLEM, ALIA SHAWKAT
Cannes Film Festival 2009 - FIPRESCI Prize
National Board of Review 2009 - Top Independent Films
Cairo International Film Festival 2009 - Best Arabic Film, Best Arabic Screenplay
Dubai International Film Festival 2009 - Best Actress
Humanitas Prize 2009 – Sundance Film Category