Thursday, January 21, 2010

Film review: Amereeka

AMEREEKA follows Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank for small town Illinois to give her her teenage son Fadi better opportunities and safety from the Israeli occupation. However she soon finds that the USA presents its own challenges: racist school bullies, general anti-Arab sentiment and the only job longtime banker Muna can get being at White Castle. However Muna, like so many immigrant women and mothers before her, is determined to put together a new life and does it with a flair all her own. This debut film, told with a crisp eye for both humor and pathos by writer-director Cherien Dabis, features standout performances by Nisreen Faour (Muna) and Hiam Abbass (recently seen in "The Visitor") as Muna's sister.

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