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Supported by a Mission Related Investment (MRI) from a fund at Tides, Amreeka is a film that documents the life of a Palestinian immigrant and her teenage son who arrive in rural Illinois to escape a life of oppression only to encounter the fallout from the war in Iraq.

The film premiered at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival and received critical praise at other film festivals including Cannes.  After its theatrical release, the film was shown on various cable networks including HBO. Today,  National Geographic Entertainment holds the theatrical and home entertainment rights to Amreeka. It has garnered standing ovations from full-house audiences and positive reviews in the  LA Times, The New York Times, NPR, and Variety.

The origin of funding for the film lies with a donor who came to Tides with a passionate interest in support of the work of Cherien Dabia, a young and talented woman filmmaker working on Amreeka –her first feature film. 

Through a donor advised fund, Tides structured an MRI to support the film.  In order to comply with the requirements of an MRI, Tides worked closely with the donor and the filmmaker to ensure that this feature film had an accompanying educational and social value, in addition to its entertainment value.

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