Run Times:
96 min
Arabic (w. English Subtitles), English
Nisreen Faour, Melkar Mouallem, Hiam Abbass, Yussef Abu Warda, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler
Cherien Dabis
Cherien Dabis
Plot Summary

An ever-optimistic Palestinian single mom and her teenage son arrive in small town Illinois, intent on starting a new life.  Do they have what it takes to successfully survive the heartland?


“The film is terrific, especially since American immigrant stories like “Amreeka” have been playing in Park City for years. Dabis, a Palestinian-American, has thoroughly re-energized the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast she literally flew around the world to find.”
-Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter


The Hollywood Reporter – Amreeka — Film Review

Festivals and Awards

Sundance Film Festival, USA, January 2009
New Directors / New Films, USA, March 2009
Cannes – Directors’ Fortnight, France, May 2009
*Winner: International Critics Prize (FIPRESCI)
Seattle International Film Festival, USA, June 2009
Los Angeles Film Festival, USA, June 2009
Sydney Film Festival, Australia, June 2009
Melbourne International Film Festival, Australia, July 2009
Galway Film Fleadh, Ireland, July 2009
Aspen Film Festival, USA, July 2009
Nantucket Film Festival, USA, August 2009
*Winner: Adrienne Shelley Award
Charlotte Film Festival, USA, August 2009
Toronto Palestine Film Festival, Canada, September 2009
Helsinki International Film Festival, Finland, September 2009
Film Fest Hamburg, Germany, September 2009
Rio de Janeiro International Film Festival, Brazil, September 2009
Zurich Film Festival, Switzerland, September 2009
*Winner: Variety New Talent Award
Beirut International Film Festival, Lebanon, September 2009
*Winner: Best Director and Audience Award
Haifa International Film Festival, Israel, October 2009
Scottsdale Film Festival, USA, October 2009
Hawaii Film Festival, USA, October 2009
Sao Paulo International Film Festival, Brazil, October 2009
Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain, October 2009
*Winner: AECID Prize
Taipei Golden Horse Film Festival, Taiwan, November 2009
St.Louis Film Festival, USA, November 2009
Stockholm International Film Festival, Sweden, November 2009
Bratislava International Film Festival, Slovakia, November 2009
New Orleans Middle East Film Festival, USA, November 2009
*Winner: Audience Award – Best Feature
Cairo International Film Festival, Egypt, November 2009
*Winner: Best Arabic Film and Screenplay
Dubai International Film Festival, UAE, December 2009
Middle East Now, Italy, February 2010
Arab Film Festival Tubingen, Germany, February 2010
Kosmorama Trondheim International Film Festival, Norway, March 2010
Prague International Film Festival, Czech Republic, March 2010
Birds Eye View Film Festival, United Kingdom, March 2010
TallinnFilm, Estonia, March 2010
Hong Kong International Film Festival, Hong Kong, April 2010
Istanbul International Film Festival, Turkey, April 2010
Jeonju International Film Festival, South Korea, April 2010
Off Camera Film Festival, Poland, April 2010
Flying Broom International Women’s Film Festival, Turkey, May 2010
Forgotten Life Film Festival, Finland, May 2010
Film Festival Senza Frontiere, Italy, July 2010