Amreeka

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  • PG-13
  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 2009
  • Running time: 96 min
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... read more

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. Amreeka recalls Dabis's family's memories of their lives in rural America during the first Iraq War. The film stars Haifa-trained actress Nisreen Faour as Muna, and Melkar Muallen plays her 16-year-old son, Fadi.

Original Release

01/17/2009

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Cast

Hiam Abbass Raghda Halaby
Alia Shawkat Salma Halaby
Nisreen Faour Muna Farah
Melkar Muallem Fadi Farah
Jenna Kawar Rana Halaby
Selena Haddad Lamis Halaby
Joseph Ziegler Mr. Novatski
Yussuf Abu-Warda Nabeel Halaby (as Yussef Abu Warda)
Amer Hlehel Samer
Suheila Muallem Jamileh
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

Cherien Dabis

Writers

Cherien Dabis

Cast

Hiam Abbass Raghda Halaby
Alia Shawkat Salma Halaby
Nisreen Faour Muna Farah
Melkar Muallem Fadi Farah
Jenna Kawar Rana Halaby
Selena Haddad Lamis Halaby
Joseph Ziegler Mr. Novatski
Yussuf Abu-Warda Nabeel Halaby (as Yussef Abu Warda)
Amer Hlehel Samer
Suheila Muallem Jamileh
Brodie Sanderson Matt
Andrew Sannie James
Daniel Boiteau Mike
Jeff Button Jason (as Jeff Sutton)
Miriam Smith Bank Employee
Aaron Hughes Police Officer #1
Mike O'Brien Bank Manager
Glen Thompson Nelson
Craig Matthews Police officer #2 (as Craig Matthew Barkman)
Adham Mujama Young Israeli Soldier #1 (as Adham Nuaman)

Producers

Cherien Dabis Executive Producer
Greg Keever Executive Producer
Alicia Sams Executive Producer
Paul Barkin Producer
Christina Piovesan Producer
Zain Al-Sabah Producer
Liz Jarvis Producer
George Khleifi Producer
Sami Said Producer

Editors

Keith Reamer

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