Amreeka tells the, at time arduous, tale of Muna a single mother and her teenage son Fadi and their journey from Palestine to America, namely Illinois.
The opening scenes are dreary and dry, you can almost feel the gritty sand and trickling sweat as you watch Muna travel from her place of work via a slowly moving checkpoint. The dusty landscape, rutted roads and soldiers with guns nicely set up the leap to the U.S where it is freezing cold and full of light and colour.
But it’s Munas struggle to build a life stateside that is the real story here, her struggle to find a job worthy of her university education and years of experience and the blatant racism faced by herself and more so her son are truly heart wrenching as is the secondary story of the impact of current world events namely terroism in the first world is having on Munas sister and her family, the desire to live in the homeland, a failing business, rebelling very American teenage daughter, (played beautifully by Alia Shawkat of arrested development fame).
At times despairing Munas tough take on her situation and her drive to make a better life and blend her family is sincere and extremely moving, I found her to be very endearing, the relationships cultivated with a teenage co worker and her sons principle are highlights.