National Geographic nabs ‘Amreeka’

Immigrant drama premiered at Sundance

National Geographic Entertainment has acquired Cherien Dabis’ culture-clash comedy “Amreeka,” which premiered at Sundance, and plans a fall release.

“Amreeka” centers on an immigrant single mother and her teenage son in an Illinois small town. Nisreen Faour stars, with Melkar Muallem as her son.

Dabis wrote and directed “Amreeka,” produced by Christina Piovesan and Paul Barkin. Alicia Sams, Dabis and Greg Keever exec produced.

“Amreeka” is an E1 Entertainment (Canada)/Levantine Entertainment (U.S) presentation. Dabis received National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival Project Seed Grant for her short film “Make a Wish,” which premiered at Sundance in 2007.

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