Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Amreeka" Screening and Discussion with Executive Producer Alicia Sams

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

"Amreeka" Screening and Discussion with Executive Producer Alicia Sams

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The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Washington, DC held a special screening of the award-winning film "Amreeka" at its Georgetown headquarters on Sept. 1, 2010. Executive producer Alicia Sams was on hand to answer questions about this chronicle of a Palestinian single mother searching for a home.

"Amreeka" follows the adventures of Muna, who leaves the West Bank with her teenage son Fadi to join relatives in the American Midwest. Set in 2003, the film draws on the personal experience of writer-director Cherien Dabis and her family's memories of rural America during the first Iraq war. Muna tries to make a living flipping burgers at White Castle and selling herbal supplements to people who order Diet Coke. Fadi has to contend with high school bullies and the dictates of teen fashion. Meanwhile, financial pressures build as Muna's brother-in-law loses patients who suddenly prefer to see a non-Arab doctor. In spite of the hardship, there's a pervading sense of resiliency, hope and heartfelt humor.

National Geographic Entertainment released "Amreeka" in September 2009. It made its world premiere at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and was screened in New York City on Opening Night of New Directors/New Films, a co-presentation of The Museum of Modern Art and The Film Society of Lincoln Center. …

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