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Movies That Matter: Amreeka

Our Movies That Matter selection for June 19 is Amreeka, a feature film that chronicles the adventures of Muna, a single mother who leaves the West Bank with Fadi, her teenage son, with dreams of an exciting future in the promised land of small town Illinois.  In America, as her son navigates high school hallways the way he used to move through military checkpoints, the indomitable Muna scrambles together a new life cooking up falafel burgers as well as hamburgers at the local White Castle.

Told with heartfelt humor by writer-director Cherien Dabis in her feature film debut, Amreeka is a universal journey into the lives of a family of immigrants and first-generation teenagers caught between their heritage and the new world in which they now live and the bittersweet search for a place to call home.

This entertaining, thought-provoking film is sure to provoke a lively discussion on this current controversial topic of immigration.

Showtime is 4:30 pm on Tuesday, June 19.