Ethnic Stereotypes In Casting by Khaled Nabawy of The Citizen Movie


THE CITIZEN – starring Khaled Nabawy, Agnes Bruckner, William Atherton, Rizwan Manji, and Cary Elwes- directed by Sam Kadi – An Arab immigrant wins the U.S. Green Card Lottery and arrives in New York City one day before the 9/11 attacks, inspired by true events.

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, THE CITIZEN stars Khaled Nabawy (Fair Game), Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate), Rizwan Manji (Outsourced), Bill Atherton (Ghostbusters), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride). Filmmaker Sam Kadi’s feature debut is a gripping tale of courage, love, and perseverance, the qualities of a true citizen.

Director: Sam Kadi

Cast: Khaled Nabawy, Agnes Bruckner, Rizwan Manji, William Atherton, and Cary Elwes

Writers: Jazmen Darnell Brown, Samir Younis, Sam Kadi

Producers: Sam Kadi, Chris Wyatt, Alan Noel Vega

Executive Producer: Ameer Kabour