Entertainment One Films Canada (E1) has acquired Canadian and international distribution rights to Cherien Dabis' Sundance US dramatic competitor Amreeka.

The US-Canada-Kuwait coproduction charts the journey of a Palestinian family as it joins the larger emigre community in the US and the culture shock that ensues. Dabis, a Palestinian-American and his mostly Middle Eastern cast, shot in Manitoba and Palestine and completed post-production in Ontario.

The deal was brokered by E1 Films Canada's Bryan Gliserman and E1 Films International's Charlotte Mickie and producer Paul Barkin of Toronto-based Alcina Pictures. Mickie will be selling the film at Sundance.

Producing alongside Barkin is Chrstina Piovesan of Toronto's First Generation Films. The co-producers are Liz Jarvis of Winnipeg-based Buffalo Gal Pictures, Al-Zain Al-Sabah of Kuwait's EVMG. Executive producer is Alicia Samson on behalf of Cinergy Productions. Dabis is the executive producer.

Financing came via private investors in the US, pre-sales in the Middle East, equity and tax credit investment from Manitoba Film & Music and gap financing from Toronto's Aver Media.

E1 will release the film in Canada in 2009.