Asia Lifeline To Gaza is screening the film 'Amreeka' on 9th November as part of the Palestinian Film Festival
commencing from 7th November at La Makaan.
The 3-day film festival will showcase documentaries and feature films on the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and the current situation in the region. These films from international directors will throw light on the diasporic society, culture and political travails of Palestine.
'Amreeka' is a 2009 American/Canadian film written and directed by first-time director Cherien Dabis. It stars Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Alia Shawkat, Yussuf Abu-Warda, Joseph Ziegler and Miriam Smith.
The film is the story of a single divorced mother Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour) and her son Fadi (Melkar Muallem) living in Palestine, who migrate to America after Muna wins an American green card through a lottery.
They start staying with Muna's sister's family, and America seems to be a safe haven to them after the tumultuous situation in their own country. But they soon discover that her sister's family has been facing hard times in the aftermath of 9/11 in America.
Meanwhile, Muna fails to find any job suiting her qualifications in America, and takes up a job in a fast-food joint, but does not reveal this to her family.
Thanks to the prevailing animosity towards Muslims post 9/11 in America, Fadi picks up a fight in school, and Muna is asked to meet the school principal. She rushes to explain that they were not actually Muslims, but a minority community of Palestinian Christians.
Amreeka has earned critical claim abroad, and has won the award 'One Of Top Ten Truly Moving Pictures For 2009' in Heartland Film Festival. It has also won the award for the Best Arabic Film, in theb 2009 Cairo International Film Festival.
The screening is free for everyone. Please contact 9848299980 for further details.