Steven Spielberg loved his “Mo” on Netflix

“It just brings tears to your eyes,” Amer said of the experience. “That makes it all so worth it.”

Steven Spielberg and Mo Amer

Steven Spielberg and Mo Amer

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Mo Amer created one of the most subversive, high-profile TV shows of 2022, starring when his A24 comedy ‘Mo’ became a hit on Netflix. The series, which follows a Palestinian man’s tragically hilarious attempts to jump the hurdles of the US immigration system, highlights the bureaucratic challenges that so many asylum seekers face. The show’s unapologetically honest approach to telling immigration stories immediately set it apart from the competition and helped build a passionate fan base.

This fan base apparently includes none other than Steven Spielberg. In a new interview with him Entertainment Weekly, Amer looked back on the surreal year he enjoyed after the series premiered. She singled out unique experiences like the recent AFI Award for TV Show of the Year as highlights of her trip — and revealed that at one point Spielberg even sent her a letter praising the show.

“It was the first time he got an award from the American Film Institute — like, wow,” Amer said. “You think I’m sitting across from James Cameron and Spielberg, which was crazy to me … because no one had ever shot a show in Houston before. We literally tried to talk (local business owners) into filming in their barber shop, and then a year later we’re sitting there and we get a letter from Spielberg saying how much he enjoyed the show… It just brings tears to your eyes. . It literally makes it all so worth it.”

In addition to the AFI Award, Amer received an Independent Spirit Award nomination for Best Lead Actor in a New Scripted Series for his work on the show. Netflix has continued to renew “Mo” for a second season, which Amer announced will be the series finale.

“I am grateful to continue to tell the universal story of struggle that is connected to so many refugees and the millions of underrepresented people trying to be seen around the world.” – Amer says in a statement announced the news in January. “And to bring the people who loved Mo Najjar and supported him as we close this chapter of his story.”

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