USA mot AL-ARIAN (USA vs. Al-Arian)
This is an intimate documentary portrait of an Arab-American family facing terrorism charges in the US, in a society where Muslims face increasing discrimination. For years, Nahla Al-Arian and her children have been fighting to prove the innocence of husband and father Sami, a Palestinian refugee, university professor and civil rights activist, who has lived in the USA for more than 30 years. In 2003, he was accused of giving material support to a terrorist organization and held in solitary confinement for over three years. His six-month trial ended without a single guilty verdict and Dr. Al-Arian claims he has been targeted to silence his political views. Because the jury was hung on some counts, he remained in jail. After a plea bargain in 2006, he was sentenced to 57 months in prison and subsequent deportation, and his family is now searching for a country that will accept him, a stateless Palestinian, upon his release.
Running Time: 99 mins | Language: English & Arabic dialogue with English subtitles
Director: Line Halvorsen | Country: Norway | DIFF Section: Arabian Nights