2009. USA/Canada/Kuwait. Cherien Dabis. 96 min.
Thursday, March 26, 2009, 6:15 p.m.
The Walter Reade Theater at Lincoln Center
2009. USA/Canada/Kuwait. Directed by Cherien Dabis. New York–based filmmaker Dabis's miraculous first feature is a humanist drama inflected with humor. Amreeka chronicles the bittersweet cultural adjustment of Muna—a single mother from Ramallah—and her teenage son Fadi when they move to Middle America. The problem is their timing: they arrive in the U.S. just as U.S. forces enter Baghdad. How mother and son cope with each other and adjust to the "American" relatives who welcome them is as much the film's revelatory subject as their reactions to the strange behavior of ordinary people in this land of liberty. Amreeka neatly describes the Palestinian diaspora in terms of non-belonging and introduces American audiences to the marvelous, Haifa-trained actress Nisreen Faour in a fearless performance. 96 min.