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


See you tomorrow.

She never told me.

Ihab Abdulla.

- I love you.

- I love you.


We don't have.

You don't have citizenship?

As in, you don't

have a country.

That's right.

Where are you from?

- Israel?

- No, no.

It's the Palestinian territory.

Your occupation?


It is occupied

for forty years.

No. What is your occupation?

What--What do you do

for a living, ma'am?

Oh yes, I was working

in banking.

Is this your son?

Yes. Fadi.

Your husband

travelling with you?

No. We have divorced.

My husband--

He's not a good man.




Has anyone asked you to bring

anything into the country?

Only my mother.

Are you carrying

any firearms?

Repeat please.

Are you carrying

any firearms?

- Guns, weapons.

- No, no. No.

What's in this?

Cheese and...

I don't know.

Meat by-products are prohibited

from entry in the United States.

Oh... Mama?

Can you move it

a little bit?




- Sorry?

- Heroin.

- Cocaine, marijuana.

- No! No, no, of course not!


- How are you?

- Good.

- Hi, Aunty.

- Hello.

- Welcome to America!

- Thank you.

It's a big country, Aunty.

Mum says everyone

in America is fat.

So maybe

you could fit in.

This is my present.

Michel Arona.


Fadi... Fadi!

Okay, get some sleep,


Fadi... Fadi!

So, is there anything else

you can do?

You can file a report,

but that's about it.

You can try back in

a few days if you want to.



- It's my room, too.

- No, it's not. Go away.

You have to take

an appointment.



Thank you.

Kind of ugly,

but fine.

Oh my God!

Definitely not!

What you're doing?

She's telling me

what to wear.

Why? You don't know

what to wear?

No, Aunty, because

he can't wear things like this.


Just buy this for him.

Aunty, they're pleaded.

Do you know what will happen

if you wear this to school?


He'll look like an FOB.

- A what?

- Fresh of the boat.

What's that mean?

What boat, habiti?

It means he won't have

any friends.

What friends have to do

with his clothes?

Only everything.

Arabic, English and French?

Well, my French

isn't that good, but--

Him parler francais trs bien.

(He speaks French very well)

Me too.

We speak three language

and a half.

Mom, I only know

the numbers in Hebrew.

This is what

I said I have.

Mr. Novatski, the boys are writing

on the bathroom walls again.

Yeah, I'll--

I'll be there in a minute.

Now, it says here

you went to private school.

- Yeah, I did. It was--

- Yeah, it was so expensive.

But I manage.

I work in a bank

for ten years.

Well, his record

is very impressive.

So you did something right.

- Thank you.

- I have to say that he has

more credits than

most of our graduates.

Now, I assume that you're

planning on going to college.

Yeah, I do.

I like arts

so I thought of going

to some art college or like--

No, no.

He will be a doctor.

Like my sister-husband.

He's too smart.

Right, well. Um...

I see no reason

why Fadi shouldn't be able to

enter his junior year here.

We're lucky to have him.

Thank you very much.

Thank you.

Thank you!


Come on, people.

Who read the assignment?

They targetted aliens

with ties--

C-- Come in.

Fatty Farrah?

It's Fadi.

Isn't that what I said?

I take it

that's your mom.

Dude, check it out.

Have a seat.

Welcome to Current World Issues.

I'm Mr. Jones.

Where you joining us from?

- Louis Bank.

- He's my cousin.

So what's your take

on what's going on over there?

Well, there needs to be an end to

the occupation first of all and--

Rate this script:(0.00 / 0 votes)

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…

All Cherien Dabis scripts | Cherien Dabis Scripts

FAVORITE (0 fans)

Submitted on August 05, 2018

Discuss this script with the community:



    Translate and read this script in other languages:

    Select another language:

    • - Select -
    • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
    • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
    • Español (Spanish)
    • Esperanto (Esperanto)
    • 日本語 (Japanese)
    • Português (Portuguese)
    • Deutsch (German)
    • العربية (Arabic)
    • Français (French)
    • Русский (Russian)
    • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
    • 한국어 (Korean)
    • עברית (Hebrew)
    • Gaeilge (Irish)
    • Українська (Ukrainian)
    • اردو (Urdu)
    • Magyar (Hungarian)
    • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
    • Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Italiano (Italian)
    • தமிழ் (Tamil)
    • Türkçe (Turkish)
    • తెలుగు (Telugu)
    • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
    • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
    • Čeština (Czech)
    • Polski (Polish)
    • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
    • Românește (Romanian)
    • Nederlands (Dutch)
    • Ελληνικά (Greek)
    • Latinum (Latin)
    • Svenska (Swedish)
    • Dansk (Danish)
    • Suomi (Finnish)
    • فارسی (Persian)
    • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
    • հայերեն (Armenian)
    • Norsk (Norwegian)
    • English (English)


    Use the citation below to add this screenplay to your bibliography:


    "Amreeka" STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 22 Jan. 2021. <>.

    We need you!

    Help us build the largest writers community and scripts collection on the web!

    Watch the movie trailer


    The Marketplace:

    Sell your Script !

    Get listed in the most prominent screenplays collection on the web!

    The Studio:

    ScreenWriting Tool

    Write your screenplay and focus on the story with many helpful features.

    Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.