Amira & Sam
Wed Oct 1, 2014 – 6:30 PM – Hendricks Center for the Arts
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Runtime: 92 min.
Director: Sean Mullin
Producer: Matt Miller, Erich Lochner, Terry Leonard
Website : Sam and Amira
An army veteran struggles to assimilate back into a country he barely recognizes while trying to win the heart of an Iraqi immigrant teetering on the brink of deportation.
To help adjust to coming home from war, Sam (Martin Starr) takes a stab at stand-up comedy. He also lands a job working for his cousin Charlie’s (Paul Wesley) Wall Street firm.Amira (Dina Shihabi) is an illegal immigrant, living in NYC with her uncle Bassam (Laith Nakli), who was Sam’s former interpreter during the war.
Amira fled Iraq after her brother was killed in a raid by U.S. soldiers. Amira has a run-in with the police while selling pirated DVDs.
She bolts from the cops putting her on the lam from the authorities. Bassam is out of town, so Sam promises to look after her.
Sam and Amira struggle to combat their feelings for each other. They realize that they’re trapped in a society that marginalizes immigrants and veterans, making them outsiders in a country that was founded by immigrants and protected by veterans.
Sam becomes entangled in Charlie’s investment schemes while Amira’s trouble with the law escalates to the point of deportation.
The film builds to a climax and Sam has an epiphany: He’s the one who went off to war, but it’s his country that somehow lost its mind.
Sam decides to save Amira from being deported, but not without risking everything he’s fought so hard to defend.
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