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Saturday, October 19, 2013


The KZNSA Arts Café will host a supper evening tonight (October 19) as part of the Palestine Festival South Africa 2013- Film Festival offerings.

Amreeka (96 min) is a feature film written and directed by Cherien Dabis and produced by Zail Al-Sabah, Paul Barkin, Cherien Dabis, Gregory Keever, George Khleifi, Christina Piovesan, Sami Said and Alicia Sams.

Cherien Dabis’ début feature film is a fictional cinematic encounter which embraces a number of real hardships faced by ordinary Palestinian citizens who just want a better life for themselves and their children.

The viewer follows the journey of a Palestinian mother – Muna Farah (Nisreen Faour), who gives up full-time employment at a bank in Ramallah in order to remove her son from a life of harassment when she is given an opportunity to go to America having won the Green Lottery. As her sister lives in Illinois with her husband and children, Muna decides to emigrate. Life, however, is not as easy as she expects.

Cherien has told the award-winning tale in a way that everyone – young and old can relate. Having been born in Nebraska, she sent her childhood travelling between Jordan and the USA. As a result she found it difficult to be “understood by her peers”( This was apparently a situation which was extremely difficult to tolerate. In Amreeka she is able to use first-hand experience as a basis for the film which premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. One of the accolades which really stand out is that it is the first fiction film to be acquired for distribution by National Geographic. This film is suitable for the whole family!

The screenings is free. Join the KZNSA for a Palestinian-inspired mezze platter and coffees. Patrons are advised to arrive from18h00 ahead of the screenings that will commence promptly at 19h30.