The relationship between Muna and Fadi is very sweet and respective actors Nisreen Faour and Melkar Muallem both bring to the screen an extremely likeable presence. After obtaining Visas, they travel to Illinois to live with her sister, Raghda, her husband, Dr. Muna armed with two degrees and a long work history struggles to find work only to be rejected over and over again. Ziegler assumes Muna and her Arab family are Muslims, but they are, in fact, Christian. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Tired of abuse by Israeli occupation troops, Ramallah model student Fadi Farah jumps at the chance to emigrate and study in the rural US. Muna played to near perfection by Nisreen Faour and Fadi in an authentic and compelling performance by Melkar Muallem embrace demonstrating the power of love between mother and son who have come from Palestine to find a better life in small-town Illinois which is not quite ready to embrace them.

Amreeka is a film of impeccable taste that unites instead of divides and centers itself on a universal character who reminds us so much of our own relatives past and present who had the audacity and courage to come to America to fulfill their dreams of a better life. Films I loved in January Post was not sent – check your email addresses! His mother brings him home from jail and teaches him that no matter what ignorant things people might say or think about him, he must hold his head high and be proud of his heritage. She applies for immigration to the U. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.

Show 25 25 50 All. Her heroine, Muna, is a divorcee from the West Bank who brings her intelligent, initially enthusiastic teenage son, Fadi, to live in small-town Illinois with her sister the always excellent Hiam Abbassthe sister’s GP husband and two daughters.

The film is also marked by a rare consistency of tone and an authenticity that stretch almost ameeka the very end of the movie. Finally, she takes a job at a White Castle, but the shame of this humble work makes her keep it from her son, sister, and family. 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.

When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. Muna Farah is a divorced Palestinian woman dealing with the increasing daily frustrations of living in the West Bank.

Things only get worse after Muna has an accident, and Fadi gets arrested for Assault.

Loading comments… Trouble loading? Akreeka, your blog cannot share posts by email. Directed, written, and produced by Cherien Dabis. The American sequences were shot in Winnipeg, Manitoba.


Amreeka — review

Audible Download Audio Books. When a long-forgotten visa application is granted permitting her to come to the U. Be the first to contribute! After this, the mood lightens and things start to look bright for the family as they all enjoy a meal together. Nabeel’s starts losing patients; a written threat is received; they get behind in their mortgage payments; while Fadi and Salma face racial profiling in school.

You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Amreeka is an artful, moving aalysis to the perils of making assumptions about individuals or groups.

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Released by National Geographic Entertainment. The issues are confronted eventually, but as Dabis recognises, only time, patience and resilience can provide the solution.

Amreeka Dabis, is the story of a mother, Muna, and her son, Fadi, and their transition from Palestine to America in the early s. Qualified with 2 degrees, and employed for 10 years at a bank, she drives her son to school everyday. He gets into a fight with one of his classmates after the boy caused his mother to slip at work and hurt her back.

Judging from the delighted responses coming from the Palestinian audience members in the cinema during the advance public screening of Amreekait is safe to assume that it is a film that humorously and affectionately represents the dynamic in Palestinian families. Not a subtle film, but an attractive, affecting one. The Hoosier State Movies. Find showtimes, watch trailers, browse photos, track your Watchlist and rate your favorite movies and TV shows on your phone or tablet!

Fadi is tormented by racist bullies and responds with violence. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna’s sister and family in Illinois.

Just click the “Edit page” button at the bottom of the page or learn more in the Synopsis submission guide. However, it is a film made for a wider global audience and all audiences will find much to enjoy from this simple yet pleasing film. It isthe year America invaded Iraq, and Muna is fed up with the daily border checks and the realisation that there is little future for her gifted and sensitive teenage son Fadi.

Novatski Joseph Ziegler who is Jewish; a bank employee Miriam Smith working next door to the White Castle who keeps tabs on Muna and her secret life as a hamburger slinger; and Muna’s blue-haired, amalysis drop-out co-worker Matt Brodie Sanderson for whom she makes scrumptious falafel in “The Castle’s” deep fryer normally reserved for French fries.

Dabis’ new film is a compelling look at Muna Nisreen Faoura lovely, divorced, overweight, overeducated Fklm woman living in the West Bank with her teenage son Fadi Melkar Muallem and her mother. Cinema Autopsy Film reviews, criticism and discussion by Thomas Caldwell.


Perhaps, there is no more fitting day than September 11th to write about a ajreeka that reminds us of our shared humanity as we struggle to survive, better ourselves, and deal with the subject of loss.

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Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Amreekais the Arabic word for America, which Dabis knows so well iflm she is the daughter of Palestinian-Jordanian immigrants who came to the Midwest before she was born. Like their Irish, Italian, Greek, and Serbian counterparts, they have made their way to the United States ever since the early 20th Century and have not always been entirely welcomed.

It looks like we don’t have a Synopsis for this title yet. Amreeka is a film of impeccable taste that unites instead of divides and centers itself on a universal character who reminds us so much of our own relatives past and present who had the audacity and courage to come to America to fulfill their dreams of a better life.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 17th, at 8: Financial pressures and prejudices are made even worse when Muna’s brother-in-law, a once successful physician, finds himself losing patients and can barely pay the mortgage on the home that this mega-extended family share. Currently, this is exemplified in a new film by first-time, feature-length director and writer Cherien Dabis, from whom Aalysis feel certain we will see more exciting film-making.

Read more reviews at MRQE. When the opportunity presents itself, Muna and Fadi move to the United States so that Fadi can get an American education.

His fuzzy, akreeka, simpleton bank clerk Muna, manages to ‘hide’ all their savings so as to lose everything before they land, thus totally dependent on her sister Raghda and brother in law, Nabeel Halaby MD.

Class bully Mike chooses Muslim ‘hence terrorist’ Fadi as his gang’s new whipping boy, which gets totally out of hand at the diner where Muna took a waitress job. Muna needs a job: Muna, who is recently divorced, is a well educated woman who works hard to make sure she can send her son to a private school.

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