• Amreeka (2009)


Release Date: September 4th, 2009

DVD Release Date: January 12th, 2010

PG-13 |1 hr 36 min

Plot Summary

A vivacious Palestinian woman (Nisreen Faour) and her teenage son (Melkar Muallem) cope with culture clash and more as they try to build a new life in rural Illinois.

Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Jenna Kawar, Selena Haddad, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Joseph Ziegler

Director: Cherien Dabis

Genres: Comedy drama

Ratings & Reviews

  • 75
    Steven ReaPhiladelphia Inquirer

    Filmmaker Dabis based Amreeka on her own family's experiences in the rural Midwest during the first Gulf War. Although the drama heads on a predictable course, Faour brings intelligence and humor to her performance and Muallem, as the smart adolescent turned surly and scared, is likewise sharp. show more

  • 70
    Wall Street Journal

    Writer-director Cherien Dabis shot Amreeka in a gritty documentary style that reflects the often grim reality of the characters' situation. But he also knows how to mine the comic situations that are often part of the immigrant experience. show more

  • 80
    Kirk HoneycuttThe Hollywood Reporter

    Dabis, a Palestinian-American, has thoroughly re-energized the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast. show more

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