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by Cherien Dabis




Director: Cherien Dabis

Screenplay: Cherien Dabis

Cinematographer: Tobias Datum

Editing: Keith Reamer

Sound: Brock Capell

Art Director: Aidan Leroux

Music: Kareen Roustom

Casting: Nisreen Faour, Melkar Muallem, Hiam Abbass, Yuyussuf Abu-Warda, Alia Shawkat, Joseph Ziegler

Production: First Generation Films, Alcina Pictures

Memento films Distribution
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75010 Paris
Tel: 0033 1 53 34 90 20
Fax: 0033 1 42 47 11 24

Year: 2009

35 mm, Color, 96 min, OV Arabian and English with French subtitles

Directors' Fortnight Cannes 2009

Mouna is a Palestinian Christian divorced mother with an adolescent son, a woman full of enthusiasm and optimism. Yet daily life is hard in the middle of the occupied territories and future seems gloomy. One day it becomes possible to leave such life and go to USA to work: Mouna who feels a stranger in her own country can well become a stranger abroad. She leaves with her son Faji to join her sister who settled in a remote place in Illinois fifteen years ago. After the warmth of the reunion, Mouna and Fadi must find their own place in this “Amerrika” they had dreamt of so much. However, the United States are fighting a war against ‘evil’ Saddam Hussein and have a strange conception of hospitality. But this is not enough to stop Mouna in her quest for a better life… 

To be in the minority within one’s occupied country, in the minority within a host country: to feel one belongs neither to the East, nor to the West.

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