Synopsis: Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the US. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna's sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job: although she has two degrees and 15 years' experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job's at a nearby bank. It's spring, 2003, and the US invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he'll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story. Tragedy or hope?
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Cherien Dabis
Production: National Geographic
  9 wins & 18 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

We want to hear

what Fatty thinks.

Yeah... Fatty.

Well, I guess I agree

with Sanma.

- Muna Farrah.

- Yeah. I'm she.

- Hi. Hi.

- Hello. Right this way.

Thank you.


So what can I help you

with today?

I came here for a job.

- Excuse me?

- A job.

I would like a job.

I-I'm sorry. I thought

you wanted to open an account.

I came from Palestine.

You know her?

- Who?

- Palestine!

Is that

a Jewish-speaking country?

No. Arabic.

I'm an Arab.

Oh... don't blow the place up.

I'm just kidding.

Actually, we're not really

hiring at this time.

I have a long experience.

You can see from my resume.

Here. Please.

Great, we'll certainly

keep this on file.

And also I came here

because my sister--

She had account

with you.

I promise if you give me a job,

I will open my account also here.

We'll keep that in mind.

Thank you.

Thank you for calling...

How can I help you?

Hi. You look for, uh...

a book-keeper?

You're looking for who?

I'm interested

in a book-keeper job.

It's written here

in the newspaper.

That position's been filled.

Hmm... Thank you.

No fair. Your parts are

much bigger than mine.

I'm older, so live with it.

Aunty, Lamis won't let me

leave this part of the room.

I can't even get to the door!

Is it true, Lamis?

- No, I was just kidding. God!

- No, she's not.

She's gonna put the tape

back there when you leave.

No, she won't.

She's a good girl.




Can I have

lunch money, please?

Lunch money?

American marines have dragged

the iconic statue of Saddam Hussein

- off its pedestal...

- So what does this mean? Is it over?

Are you kidding?

It's just the beginning.

The Americans

are going to get in there

and destabilize

the whole region.

Mom, this is disgusting.

Mom, I love it!

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Cherien Dabis

Cherien Dabis (born 1976) (Arabic: شيرين دعيبس‎) is a Palestinian-American director, producer, and screenwriter. She was named one of Variety magazine's 10 Directors to Watch in 2009. more…

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