12 search results for Amreeka

  • Amreeka - DVD

    Type: Event | Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010

    A Palestinian single mother and her son resettle in the American Midwest with bittersweet results, in first-time director Cherien Dabis' gentle fish-out-of-water comedy drama Amreeka. Nisreen Faour stars as divorcée Mouna, a resident of the West Bank who works as a local bank manager while raising her 16-year-old son, Fadi (Melkar Muallem), on the side. Each day, the two must put their lives in jeopardy by driving through potentially lethal Middle Eastern checkpoints to accomplish their daily business, but their situation changes dramatically when Mouna finally succeeds at getting a green card. The two fly from Jerusalem to Chicago, but get a bitter taste of the reality behind the American dream when the customs department claims the money that Mouna wrapped in a cookie tin, leaving her penniless. The nascent immigrants promptly move in with Mouna's sister, Raghda (Hiam Abbass of Lemon Tree), and her family, and Mouna sets about trying to find a bank job in the U.S. that is equivalent to her old position at home; unfortunately, this proves impossible and she ends up serving "sliders" at a White Castle fast food franchise and earning minimum wage. Meanwhile, Fadi begins attending a local high school and runs headfirst into not-so-subtle racism and the imminent threat of nativistic violence. ~ All Movie Guide
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    Review: Exotic locale for a familiar family melodrama in 'May in the Summer'

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Jan 18, 2013

    Cherien Dabis's film kicks off the U.S. Dramatic competition at Sundance
  • 2009 Gotham Awards - Best Feature

    Type: Video | Date: Monday, Oct 19, 2009

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    Type: Event | Date: Friday, Mar 25, 2011

    The Academy Award-nominated director Julian Schnabel helms the tale of four woman in 1948 Jerusalem.
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    Ellen Page makes HBO her 'Stitch N' Bitch'

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Oct 8, 2009

    'Whip It' stars Page, Alia Shawkat and Sean Tillmann will write and produce the single-camera comedy pilot
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    'Precious' and '500 Days' of Summer dominate 2010 Independent Spirit Award Nominees

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Dec 1, 2009

    'Paranormal Activity' nominated for best first feature
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    Sundance looming

    Type: Post | Date: Friday, Jan 16, 2009

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    National Board of Review names 'Up in the Air' best picture

    Type: Article | Date: Thursday, Dec 3, 2009

    Acting awards go to George Clooney, Morgan Freeman, Carey Mulligan, Woody Harrelson and Anna Kendrick
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    'Hurt Locker' and 'A Serious Man' ready to take Gotham

    Type: Post | Date: Monday, Oct 19, 2009

    Patton Oswalt and 'Big Fan' get some surprising love from NYC's indie show
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    DVD & Games Forecast: 'Hurt Locker,' 'Moon,' 'In The Loop' equal a great week of releases

    Type: Post | Date: Tuesday, Jan 12, 2010

    Plus 'The Simpsons' and Fellini go high-def
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