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.
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.
Yussef Abu Warda
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