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Feb 27th–Award Winning Documentary

Posted by Administrator on February 8, 2008

USA vs Al-Arian

New Brighton Community Center (Eagle Nest)
400 10th St. NW, New Brighton
Feb. 27, 6:30pm

“USA vs Al-Arian” is a disturbing film on freedom of speech in post 9/11 America and
political persecution. The film follows the arrest and trial of Sami Al-Arian, an Arab-
American university professor accused of supporting a terrorist organization abroad. For
two and a half years Dr. Al-Arian was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges
and given limited access to his attorneys. The film is an intimate family portrait
documenting how a tight-knit family unravels before our very eyes as trial preparations,
strategy and media spin consume their lives. Norwegian director Line Halvorsen has made
a damning portrait of the case focusing on the trial’s emotional toll. This is a nightmare
come to life, as a man is prosecuted for his beliefs rather than his actions.


“USA vs Al-Arian” was awarded Best Film at the New Orleans Human Rights Film Festival
and Best Nordic Documentary at the Nordic Panorama in Finland. Director Line Halvorsen
and producer Jan Dalchow recently visited California for screenings of “USA vs Al-Arian” at
the Arab Film Festival at San Francisco and Los Angeles and at the United Nations
Association Film Festival at Stanford. While in California they also received the American
Muslim Alliance’s “Excellence in Journalism & Creative Arts Award” – The award was
presented by chairman of AMA, Dr. Agha Saeed: “For arguably making the best movie of
the year about the civil rights crisis in the United States; For exposing the draconian
character of the USA PATRIOT ACT; For showing courage of conviction in highlighting the
plight of one of America´s most prominent political prisoners, Dr. Sami Al-Arian and his
family; For raising consciousness all over the globe about the centrality of the issue of
Palestine to world peace.”

Defense Attorney Peter Erlinder, also a Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, will
give an update on the case

More info: 612-554-2460 or 612-986-9982


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