Sunday, October 4, 2009

Amreeka (2009)

Director: Cherien Dabis. Cast: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Joseph Ziegler. 96 min. Rated PG-13. Drama.

Being an Iranian-American, I wouldn't consider myself an "immigrant", but in illustrating the first few nights of coming here from a Middle Eastern country, Amreeka is right on. The movie humbly requests the audience to be more considerate towards "foreigners" (after all, they have a very good reason to be here), and orders those who have already landed here only one thing: Be strong. After watching this, you'll be convinced that quarrels between governments does not necessarily translate to quarrels between their peoples. (Actually sometimes, I feel these animosities brings the peoples closer.)

Mo says:


  1. Thanks for recommendation!It was very nice and real movie. I felt a great sympathy to both of them...
    some of beautiful dialogues :
    Mother : In there we are like a visitor.
    son : It's better than being prisoners in our own country.
    "We are minority here and minority there."
    "It's like a tree that's pulled out by its roots and planted somewhere else,it doesn't grow...".

    But i hope it does!

  2. And don't forget the funniest/most poignant quote of the movie:

    - "We're from Palestinian territory."

    - "Occupation?"

    - "Yes, it's been occupied for 40 years."