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Feature Film

Cherien Dabis


90 minutes

Written by:
Cherien Dabis



Winner: FIPRESCI Prize—Cannes Film Fesitval, 2009

"Stands as one of the most accomplished recent films about a non-European immigrant coming to the United States."
—New York Times

"Amreeka should be seen by every American." —Detroit News

Ordering Information
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Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the Palestinian 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.

DVD Special Features:

  • "Make a Wish" — a short film by Amreeka director Cherien Dabis
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outtakes

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