Oscar, Sundance, And Then The World

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Yesterday Bwog wrote about Courtney Hunt’s (SoA ’94) Academy-recognized success. Now, another MFA grad, Cherien Dabis (SoA ’04), is recieving acclaim at Sundance for her first feature film, Amreeka.

Amreeka (the Arabic word for America) focuses on a Palestinian woman who takes her son to the United States right before the recent invasion of Iraq, and the struggles once they get there. Dabis, a Palestinian-American who until now was best known as part of staff behind the The L Word, based the story in part on her experiences growing up in Kansas during the first Gulf War.

While the film is still looking for a distributor, it has recieved both audience and critical acclaim, with The Hollywood Reporter saying Dabis “has thoroughly re-energized the genre with refreshing wit, honest emotions, incisive observations and a perfect cast she literally flew around the world to find.” No doubt the MFA program is ordering new admissions pamphlets pronto.

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  1. May just be the picture  

    ...but what a fox!

  2. sadly

    I was going to make that comment, but then thought, do I want to be the douche that just notices how attractive she is?
    Clearly this is a worse comment.

  3. rules  

    i before e, except after c.

    and in words like "weird".

  4. anon

    "Dare" (starring Emmy Rossum and Friday Night Lights guy) was written and directed by two Columbia Grad School alums. It's a great movie (I was at Sundance for a few days), and has also been receiving good buzz as well.

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