AMREEKA (2009) [feature]

Canada, USA, Kuwait (MIFF 2009 , International Panorama)
Director: Cherien Dabis

A humourous fish-out-of-water story of hope, determination and a side of fries.

Palestinian single mother Muna and her teenage son Fadi decide to escape the daily grind of checkpoints and tension in Palestine and move to the US, exchanging the military-occupied West Bank for the fast-food occupied American midwest.

But when the promise of a new life sees the over-qualified Muna having to flip burgers for a living, while her son struggles to fit in with American life, the land of opportunity starts to look like the land of impossibility.

Filmmaker Cherien Dabis's multi award-winning short film Make a Wish featured at MIFF in 2006. Amreeka won the FIPRESCI prize at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

--- D/S Cherien Dabis P Christina Piovesan, Paul Barkin Dist Sharmill Films L English, Arabic w/English subtitles TD 35mm/2009

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