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Asian Film and Talk Series: ‘Amreeka’
Friday, October 25, 2019,6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
Introduced by Dr. Nassima Neggaz, and with a run time of one hour and 36 minutes, “Amreeka” (2009) centers on the trials and tribulations of a proud Palestinian Christian immigrant single mother and her teenage son as they cope with culture clash while building a new life in rural Illinois. This tender feature marks the debut of Arab-American director Cherien Dabis and has accrued international recognition scoring 18 nominations and nine wins including: Best Arabic Film and Best Arabic Screenplay (Cairo International Film Festival 2009), FIPRESCI Prize (Cannes Film Festival 2009), Best Actress – Feature (Dubai International Film Festival 2009), and NBR Award for Top Independent Films (National Board of Review, USA 2009).
The five films selected for the Asian Film & Talk Series in 2019-2020 year address immigration, global migration, and cultural conflicts issues from a diverse range of Asian perspectives. New College faculty in Economics, Geography, Islamic Studies, English, and Asian Studies will introduce the films and lead post-screening discussions.