The Hope College Knickerbocker Theatre continues its tradition of showing the best in independent and foreign films with its spring film series. The third film in the series is "Amreeka," running from Monday, March 29, through Saturday, April 3, at 7:30 p.m.
"Amreeka," has won several international awards and was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival. Muna, a single mother in Ramallah, has applied for a visa to the U.S. When it comes, her son Fadi, an excellent student, convinces her they should go. After an incident at customs begins their exile badly, they join Muna's sister and family in Illinois. Muna needs a job. Although she has two degrees and 15 years' experience in banking, she settles for work at White Castle, telling the family her job's at a nearby bank. It's spring, 2003, and the U.S. invades Iraq. While friends come from unlikely places, Fadi meets prejudice at school. How he'll respond to it and to American youth culture and how Muna will sort things out with her family are the rest of the story.
The film is rated PG-13 and is in English and Arabic with English subtitles. It has a running time of 96 minutes.
Tickets are $6 for regular admission and $5 for students and senior citizens, and can be purchased at the door or in advance at the ticket office in the front lobby of the DeVos Fieldhouse. The ticket office is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and can be called at (616) 395-7890.
The DeVos Fieldhouse is located at 222 Fairbanks Ave., between Ninth and 11th streets. The Knickerbocker Theatre is located in downtown Holland at 86 E. Eighth St., between College and Columbia avenues.