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