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Amreeka
Amreeka
Actors: Yussuf Abu-Warda, Hiam Abbass, Jeff Sutton, Alia Shawkat, Amer Hlehel
Director: Cherien Dabis
Genres: Drama
PG-13     2010     1hr 36min

Amreeka chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the 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 navigate...  more
     
     
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Actors: Yussuf Abu-Warda, Hiam Abbass, Jeff Sutton, Alia Shawkat, Amer Hlehel
Director: Cherien Dabis
Genres: Drama
Sub-Genres: Family Life
Studio: Virgil Films and Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen
DVD Release Date: 01/12/2010
Original Release Date: 01/01/2009
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2009
Release Year: 2010
Run Time: 1hr 36min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 3
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Looking for Home
Amos Lassen | Little Rock, Arkansas | 12/26/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Amreeka"

Looking for Home

Amos Lassen

A woman from the Middle East struggles to make a living on the West Bank but when she gets a notice that tells her that she has won a lottery for a United States Green Card her life takes a dramatic turn. Now she must decide if she and her son should come to America in search of a better life. She decides to make the trip and leaves her mother and brother behind but she soon understands that that life in Amreeka is not at all what she had imagined it to be. She is the victim of prejudice wherever she goes as does her son and her relatives in the Midwest that she stays with. What we learn from the film is the importance of family and that we make sacrifices for those that are important to us. We see what life is life for those living in "Palestine" and also what it is like for those who emigrate. We also see Arabs portrayed as people and not as terrorists and we see the racism that they feel.
The movie is warm-hearted and humorous. Muna (Nisreen Faour) and Fadi (Melkar Muallem), her sixteen year old son are our main characters and we follow them from the checkpoints of the West bank to the racial prejudice in a small town near Chicago. Muna is from Bethlehem and she really wants a better life for her and her child. We see that not all Arabs are Muslims and we learn that Arabs in Bethlehem are Christians. The movie begins by showing us the tight knit family and this is a contrast to American life in many cases. However our mother was not prepared for life in America and we see that the vision of this country being a land "of milk and honey" does not ring true. We see persecution based on ethnicity and we see how Arab immigrants are treated here. This is not a story of prejudice but it is a story of reality. This is also not a political film but a look at something we know too little about. The actors are quite good and I must say that as an Israeli with my own inborn prejudices, I found this film to be quite good."
A masterpiece
Dr. Peter J. Glassman | Vancouver, British Columbia | 10/31/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

""Amreeka" is a masterpiece: heartbreaking, moving, complex, fierce, tender. Extraordinary writing, sublime acting, and haunting visual and aural landscapes. This work brings to one of the most tragic situations in contemporary history a most sophisticated, generous moral imagination: outrage, understanding, anguish, humor.

"Amreeka" will transform every viewer's percepts. Please see it."
This is a must-see and a must-own!
Lisa Kosowski | 01/10/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The previous reviewers (Peter & Amos) pretty much covered it in their reviews. This film has all the charm, warmth, and humor of "Big Fat Greek Wedding," but it also has more depth. Buy the DVD, watch it, then watch it again and again with friends and family and discuss it. Then take action: "You must be the change you want to see in this world.""
Slow Moving and Predictable
Cary B. Barad | Baltimore, MD | 05/04/2010
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The lead female character played her role very well, but the story itself and the drama it entailed were not strong enough to maintain one's interest at a high level for nearly 2-hours. In fact, the "new immigrant tale" is a universal one that has been told many times before, and I found nothing really new here. The only interesting aspect was the Middle Eastern political context--which was not presented in any real depth. Although this DVD could well have some appeal to those with an interest in Arab-American culture and language, I don't believe it will attract a wider viewing public."