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Amreeka
We follow the adventure of a mother and son in their new home Amreeka.
Last Modified: 29 Aug 2009 09:22 GMT

Muna, a divorcee with a teenage son, is an enthusiastic and optimistic Palestinian woman.

However her everyday deep in the occupied territories, is an ordeal.

But then one day, she has the chance to move to the US – to become a stranger in a strange land.

Cherien Dabis' award-winning Amreeka
She leaves with her son, Fadi, to join her sister's family in Illinois where after the initial elation of reunion, must now find their place in this Amreeka (America) they havedreamed of.

But in a country that has just recently gone to war in Iraq, the newcomers encounter both hospitality and hostility. 

Amreeka, was the winner of both the Grand Jury Prize at this year's Sundance Film Festival and the Fipresci Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.

Writer-director, Cherien Dabis, joins Amanda Palmer and the FPS audience for a question and answer session about her fresh slant – injecting her beautifully etched ensemble cast with massive doses of humour and warmth – on a long-standing culture clash.

Part two:

Quentin Tarantino

Brad Pitt plays Lt. Aldo Raine in Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds
He is one of the most distinctively iconoclastic directorial voices of his generation, and Quentin Tarantino's latest film, Inglourious Basterds, might be his most transgressive yet. 

Set in Nazi-occupied France, it is about a Dirty Dozen style of crew on a brutal mission to spread fear and dismay by murdering and scalping as many Nazi soldiers as possible.

The eclectic and international cast includes Christoph Waltz, a longtime jobbing German actor in the role of his lifetime, and Diane Kruger, a German-born rising star of the international scene.

Tarantino, Waltz and Kruger speak to FPS correspondent Lama Matta about the film, and Tarantino's peculiar but ultra-effective methods for extracting the best from his cast.

Doha Tribeca Film Festival

Doha Tribeca Film Festival
The first Doha Tribeca Film Festival will take place from October 29 November 1 this year.

Amanda Palmer, Al Jazeera English's Head of Entertainment, has been issued the daunting challenge of starting a world-class film festival from scratch.

We check in as she begins to build her team, charged not just with finding and presenting some 35-odd films in a cinema which has not yet been fully built, but also with projects that will include all of Qatar in a massive effort of widespread cinematic education.

The clock is ticking. Will there be enough time to bring it all together?


This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show can be seen from Thursday, August 27 at the following times GMT: Thursday: 0600,1630 ; Friday: 0130, 0830; Saturday: 1130, 2330; Sunday: 0630, 2030; Monday: 1430; Tuesday: 1930; Wednesday: 0300.

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Al Jazeera
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