Thursday, November 12, 2009


Sometimes in Arabic with English subtitles

The Diversity Immigrant Visa program is a United States congressionally-mandated lottery for obtaining a United States Permanent Resident Card. It is also known as the Green Card Lottery. The lottery is administered on an annual basis by the Department of State to provide for a new class of immigrants known as "diversity immigrants". The Act makes available 50,000 permanent resident visas annually to persons from countries with low rates of immigration to the United States.

Nisreen Faour: Muna, a single mother
Melkar Muallem: her 16-year-old son Fadi
Hiam Abbass: Muna’s older sister Raghda
Yussef Abu-Warda: her physician husband
Joseph Ziegler: Mr. Novatski, School Principal
Alia Shawkat: Fadi’s cousin Salma
Selena Haddad: Fadi’s younger cousin Lamis
Jenna Kawar: her older sister Rana

Life for Palestinians living in the Israeli-occupied West Bank is difficult so given the opportunity to improve their lot, relocating to America seems like a good option. However there are problems of a different sort for any new immigrant as this small-budget film brings to mind. Some of which are humorous, but others much more serious.

With some fine acting and crisp editing this is an enjoyable outing.

for brief drug use and some language.

Amreeka is the Arabic word for America.

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