Showtime Arabia’s first feature film co-production, Amreeka, will commence an 11 city US screening tour on August 17, marking the Arab film’s commercial debut in North America.
The tour will take in major US cities including New York, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas and Los Angeles. Palestinian writer-director Cherien Dabis will present an introduction to the film prior to each screening.
The film, which was co-produced by Showtime Arabia, Rotana and National Geographic Entertainment, details the lives of single mother Muna and her 16-year-old son Fadi, who immigrate from Ramallah to a small town in Illinois.
It has secured widespread critical acclaim during festival preview screenings, taking out the FIPRESCI International Critics Prize at the Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival.
“Amreeka is one of the rare films that tells a story of courage and heart with a healthy dose of humour and perfectly captures the universal story of American immigrants through the lens of a brilliant Arab American filmmaker,” said Lisa Truitt, president of National Geographic Cinema Ventures.
“We are proud to present this film to as many audiences as possible with the support of a large and impressive group of cultural partners, so that this story can be shared by communities everywhere.”
Orbit-Showtime CEO Marc Antoine d’Halluin said the film’s success augured well for the company’s local production plans moving forward.
“As an organisation, we want to provide the means necessary for Arab filmmakers to bring their stories to life and to dispel many of the myths perpetuated about this region in certain media sectors,” he added.