Divorced mother Muna and her son Fadi leave the West Bank for Illinois to live with Muna’s sister. After accidentally losing their money at immigration Muna immediately begins looking for a job. Although she has two degrees and 15 years’ experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job is at a nearby bank. Fadi faces racist taunts as he becomes increasingly Americanised, while Raghda and her husband are under financial stress – he’s a doctor, rapidly losing clientele thanks to anti-Arab sentiment.
Amreeka won the FIPRESCI Prize at Cannes in 2009.
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