The Citizen (2012)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  27 September 2013 (USA)
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An Arab immigrant wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10, 2001.



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Complete credited cast:
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Hotel Bouncer (as Jay 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.

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

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Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Горожанин  »

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Opening Weekend:

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


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

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1.85 : 1
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[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?
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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.

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