Doha Film Institute


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Cherien Dabis / Canada, United States of America, Kuwait / 2009 / 96 min / Colour / Unknown / In Arabic, English / (No Subtitles) subtitles
Themes : Comedy, Drama
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 15. Individuals under the age of 15 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or over.


Eager to provide a better future for her son, Fadi, divorcée Muna Farah leaves her Palestinian homeland and takes up residence in rural Illinois—just in time to encounter the domestic repercussions of America's disastrous war in Iraq. Now, the duo must reinvent their lives with some help from Muna's sister, Raghda, and brother-in-law, Nabeel.


Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis made her feature debut with the critically acclaimed AMREEKA (2009), which premiered at Sundance and won the FIPRESCI award at Cannes. It was nominated for a Best Picture Gotham Award, 3 Independent Spirit Awards and named one of the Top 10 Independent Films of the Year by the National Board of Review. Dabis was also one of Variety’s “Ten Directors to Watch.” This spring, she will make her second feature MAY IN THE SUMMER. She is also developing a film with Fox Searchlight.


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