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51th Directors’ Fortnight May 15-25, 2019

Amreeka (Amerrika)

Fortnight 2009, Feature film, 1h32

Synopsis

Mouna, a divorcee with a teenage son, is an enthusiastic and optimistic Palestinian woman. Deep in the occupied territories, however, daily life is an ordeal. But then one day, she has the chance to leave this life and work in the United States – a stranger in her own land, Mouna can just as well be the same elsewhere. So she leaves with her son Fadi to join her sister living in Illinois. After the comfort of reunion, Mouna and Fadi now must find their place in this « Amreeka » they’ve dreamed of. But the United States, which has gone to war with the « devil » Saddam, has a strange sense of hospitality.

Director

Cherien Dabis

Born in the U.S. to 1976 to Palestinian/Jordanian parents, Cherien Dabis is a graduate of Columbia University’s Masters of Fine Arts film program. She has directed several shorts that have been seen in the leading international festivals. Amreeka is her first feature. Also a television co-producer and screenwriter, she worked for Showtime’s The L Word for three seasons. She is the recipient of several screenplay awards.

Alia Shawkat
Amer Hlehel
Hiam Abbass
Joseph Ziegler
Melkar Muallem
Nisreen Faour
Selena Haddad
Yussef Abu Warda

Screenplay
Cherien Dabis

Image
Tobias Datum

Sound
Brock Capell

Editing
Keith Reamer

Music
Kareem Roustom

Set decoration
Aidan Leroux

Production : First Generation Films / Alcina Pictures 152 St. Patrick Street Suite 1506 M5T3J9 Toronto (Ontario) Canada Tél : +1 213 291 5707 christina@firstgenerationfilms.com Co-Production : Buffalo Gal Pictures (Canada) EVMG (Koweït) En association avec : Levantine Entertainment, Rotana Studios, Showtime Arabia Ventes à l’étranger / Foreign sales : E1 Entertainment International 175 Bloor St. E. North Tower Suite 1400 M4W 3R8 Toronto (Ontario) Tél : +1 416 646 2400 Fax : +1 416 646 2399 CMickie@e1ent.com www.e1entertainment.com Distribution : Memento Films Distribution 6 Cité Paradis 75010 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 53 34 90 20 Fax : +33 (0)1 42 47 11 24 distribution@memento-films.com www.memento-films.com Presse / Publicist : Laurence Granec & Karine Ménard 5 bis rue Kepler 75116 Paris France Tél : +33 (0)1 47 20 36 66 laurence.karine@granecmenard.com