August 27, 2012
A film's synopsis can peak interest or destroy it altogether. Director Sam Kadi's The Citizen does the former. The story of an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (Egyptian actor Khlaed Nabawy from Fair Game) who wins the American green card lottery only to arrive in New York City on September 10, 2001 definitely intrigues a cinephile. The Citizen looks to delve into the American dream, as it is tarnished with the harsh reality of violence against everything it stands for in the form of terrorism, fear, and cultural misunderstanding. The Citizen has me intrigued, as it will many others.
The first trailer for The Citizen has been released and the film will screen at the Trimedia Film Festival on September 7th, followed by the official North American premiere at the Heartland Film Festival on Monday, October 22nd.
Theatrical Release: TBD
The Citizen tells the story of an Arab immigrant named Ibrahim (played by celebrated Egyptian actor Khaled Nabawy from Fair Game) who wins the American green card lottery, arriving in New York City on September 10th, 2001. In addition to Nabawy, the film's cast includes Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate), William Atherton (Ghostbusters) and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride).