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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.


Sam Kadi


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





Complete credited cast:
Khaled Nabawy ... Ibrahim
Agnes Bruckner ... Diane
Rizwan Manji ... Mo
William Atherton ... Winston
Cary Elwes ... Miller
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jay R. Adams ... Hotel Bouncer (as Jay Adams)
Rachael Adams Rachael Adams ... Bar fight witness
Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad ... Rajiv
Ele Bardha ... Agent Bardha
Kerry Birmingham Kerry Birmingham ... Nancy Ketchum
Jon Bradford Jon Bradford ... Car Retail Manager
Angela N. Brown Angela N. Brown ... Temp Agency Applicant
Peter Carey ... INS Interrogator
Ariel M. Carlson ... Woman #1
Carl Harry Carlson ... 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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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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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14 November 2013 | by vv-webSee all my reviews

this movies is the best Arab life story in USA i ever see. it's really important to understand that not all Arab immigrant or Muslim are terrorist , we all humans live in same planet , respect each other and religion . I don't care what other's believes or what's their religion as long as they are good to me i'll be good to them and even better . I hope that someday people start respect each other for their moral not for their skin or religion .I'ts great movie for you Khaled el Nabawi you did great . this movies is the best Arab life story in USA i ever see this movies is the best Arab life story in USA i ever see this movies is the best Arab life story in USA i ever see this movies is the best Arab life story in USA i ever see

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English | Arabic

Release Date:

27 September 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »


Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$368, 8 September 2013

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3K Pictures, Why Me Film See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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