10 user 15 critic

The Citizen (2012)

PG-13 | | Drama | 27 September 2013 (USA)
1:55 | Trailer

Watch Now

With Prime Video

An Arab immigrant wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10, 2001.



(as Jazmen Brown), (story) | 2 more credits »
3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Emigrant (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The biblical tale of Joseph is told from an Egyptian perspective in this interesting character study. In this film, Joseph is called Ram. Ram, tired of his family's backward superstitious ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Youssra, Khaled Nabawy, Mahmoud Hemida
The Dealer (2010)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

a guy travel to turkey and work there and finally became a dealer and there he met with his old enemy who married to the girl that he loves

Director: Ahmed Saleh
Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Khaled Nabawy, Selami Sahin
Odd (2013)
Short | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

What does it take to arrive home?

Director: Karim El Shenawy
Stars: Khaled Bahgat, Khaled Nabawy, Sayed Ragab
Little Gandhi (2016)
Documentary | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The story of iconic Syrian peace activist Ghiyath Matar whose brutal torture and death at the age of 26 outraged the international community and erupted into one of the most violent uprisings in modern history.

Director: Sam Kadi
Stars: Robert Ford
Destiny (1997)
Comedy | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The story is set in the 12th century in Arab-ruled Spanish province Andalusia, where famed philosopher Averroes is appointed grand judge by the caliph and his liberal court judgements are ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Nour El-Sherif, Hani Salama, Laila Eloui
The Traveller (2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Three days in a man's life, three crucial days in his long existence. Day one. Autumn 1948, Port Said. It is Hassan's first day at work but a telegram arrives and he has to set sail across ... See full summary »

Director: Ahmed Maher
Stars: Cyrine AbdelNour, Basma, Mohamed Kholai
The Other (1999)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Egyptian director Youssef Chahine exposes the links between power and fanaticism and denounces intolerance in this bitter portrait of the Egyptian business world, where unconditional drive ... See full summary »

Director: Youssef Chahine
Stars: Hanan Turk, Hani Salama, Nabila Ebeid
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

The story of Dr. Yehia, a psychotherapist at Al Abbasia hospital. He works in the department treating the criminally insane, only to find his best friend to be one of the patients. Trying ... See full summary »

Director: Marwan Hamed
Stars: Karim Abdel Aziz, Khaled El Sawy, Nelly Karim
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Meditations on corruption, fundamentalism, prostitution, homosexuality, and drugs in central Cairo.

Director: Marwan Hamed
Stars: Adel Imam, Nour El-Sherif, Youssra
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Khaled is a young director looking to make a movie about the situation in Beirut, while writing the script, he discovers dark secrets about what he's actually dealing with.

Director: Samir Habchi
Stars: Khaled Nabawy, Rodney El Haddad, Diamand Bou Abboud
Comedy | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

A wealthy heiress to a lumber company finds a diabolical way to get back at her sleazy husband for his constant affairs.

Director: John Fuhrman
Stars: Cary Elwes, Lance Rosen, Teri Polo
The Deal (2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A very serious and strict officer goes after a dangerous drug dealer, in an attempt to try and stop the drug and weapon dealing business in the area.

Director: Sandra Nashaat
Stars: Ahmed el-Sakka, Ahmed Ezz, Hanan Turk


Complete credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hotel Bouncer (as Jay Adams)
Rachael Adams ...
Bar fight witness
Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad ...
Agent Bardha
Kerry Birmingham ...
Nancy Ketchum
Jon Bradford ...
Car Retail Manager
Angela N. Brown ...
Temp Agency Applicant
INS Interrogator
Woman #1
Judge Hawthorne


Yearning to leave behind his life of misfortune in the Middle East, Ibrahim Jarrah wins the U.S Green Card Lottery for a chance to become an American citizen. Ibrahim lands in New York City the day before 9/11... and the events of the September terrorist attacks forever shape the struggles he faces on his journey to capture the American dream. Inspired by true events, filmmaker Sam Kadi's feature debut is a gripping tale of courage, love, and perseverance, the qualities of a true CITIZEN. Written by monterey media inc.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief violence | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:

| |  »




Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Горожанин  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$11,655 (USA) (27 September 2013)


$24,296 (USA) (1 November 2013)

Company Credits

Production Co:

,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


[first lines]
Bailiff: All rise.
Judge Hawthorne: Please be seated. Mr. Winston, you may cross-examine the witness.
Winston: Good morning. Prior to your arrival in 2001, had you made any other visits to this country?
Ibrahim: No.
Winston: Did your duties as an auto mechanic in any way necessitate relocation to the United States?
Ibrahim: Sorry, would you please repeat the question.
Winston: What brought you to this country? Why are you here?
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

The True Colors of Arabs
3 December 2013 | by (Egypt) – See all my reviews

What I really liked about this film is that it really embraces the true colors of Arabs in general and especially Muslims. The horrible stereotypes that always picture Islam as the "terror religion" have become so annoying these days that I try to avoid any movies that tell stories of Arab terrorists.

Egyptian actor, Khaled ElNabawy plays a very believable Ibrahim who is a Lebanese immigrant coming to the US in search of the American dream. I have to say that I'm Egyptian and never was a fan of Khaled ElNabawy, but this film showed me what a great actor he is with his solid performance. The rest of the cast were also great but the main role was outstanding making you feel every step of suffering this guy went through.

Of course, this movie isn't a movie to go down in history books as a great film but it's more like a message being sent especially to most Americans who unfortunately don't really know that much about other cultures and religions. In general, if you are a Muslim, Persian, Indian or certainly an Arab; you will find this film very satisfying.

I gave it a 7 because of some flaws and plot holes noticed throughout the film, usually I point them out, but this time I'm going to let it go.

11 of 14 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Establishing Character pages? fuzzytek2
Cary Elwes UpHoland
Discuss The Citizen (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: