Join us for the first film in 2012-2013 Labor Goes to the Movies series!
Amreeka (USA/Canda, Cherien Dabis, 2009)
A divorced Palestinian mother and son have the opportunity, thanks to winning a U.S. green card lottery, to leave the West Bank and make their home in rural Illinois, where her sister and physician brother-in-law have lived for years and raised their daughter. A bank accountant by profession, Muna sees it as a chance for her to earn a living and for her teenage son, Fadi, to attend American schools.
Unfortunately, their arrival coincides with the invasion of Iraq and the ensuing anti-Arab attitudes. What follows is a series of life-changing crises that they deal with in ways that surprise them all and provide deft insight into immigrant experiences. A first film by Palestinian-American director Cherien Dabis, Roger Ebert wrote that "Amreeka is a heartwarming film, not a political dirge.” Winner of the Fipresci Prize at Cannes and an official selection at Sundance.
Light food and drink provided.
(The theme for LGTM this academic year is "Contesting Islamophobia. Click here for PDF of a poster with a full calendar of 2012-13 screenings. Read more about the Labor Goes to the Movies film series.)
PSC-CUNY Union Hall