USA vs. Al-Arian

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The film raises questions on whether it is possible for a man like Sami Al-Arian to receive a fair trial in the United States given the current hostile environment against Muslims and the strong US support of Israel. It presents democracy in a new light in a post-9/11 culture of fear, where “security measures” trump free speech and punishment is meted out in the name of protection.

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directed by Line Halvorsen

”USA vs AL-ARIAN” is an intimate family portrait that documents the American-Muslim family Al-Arian’s desperate attempt to fight terrorism charges leveled by the US Government.

In February 2003, university professor and pro-Palestinian civil rights activist Sami Al-Arian was arrested in Tampa, Florida, charged with providing material support to a terror organization. For two-and-a-half years he was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges and given limited access to his attorneys. While the Bush administration considered this a landmark case in its campaign against international terrorism, Dr. Sami Al-Arian claims he was targeted in an attempt to silence his political views.

The film follows Sami Al-Arian’s wife Nahla and their five children throughout his 6 month-long trial. It is an intimate family portrait that documents the strain brought on by the trial, a battle waged both in court and in the media. In the film a tight-knit family unravels before our very eyes as trial preparations, strategy and spin consume their lives. This is a nightmare come to life, as a man is prosecuted for his beliefs rather than his actions.

The film raises questions on whether it is possible for a man like Sami Al-Arian to receive a fair trial in the United States given the current hostile environment against Muslims and the strong US support of Israel. It presents democracy in a new light in a post-9/11 culture of fear, where “security measures” trump free speech and punishment is meted out in the name of protection.

Relevant 
Free Sami Al-Arian campaign
USA vs. Al-Arian (official film website)

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Weight 0.5 lbs
Film Specs

Classification: Documentary Directed by: Line Halvorsen Release date: 2007 Length: 98 minutes Language: English and Arabic with English Subtitles (Norweigan, Danish, Finnish, and Swedish can also be selected)

Awards

* Audience Award Tromso International Film Festival, 2007 * Best Film New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival, 2007 * Best Nordic Documentary Nordisk Panorama, 2007 * Best Documentary Norweigan Documentary Film Festival, 2007