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Film "USA vs Al-Arian"
Date Friday July 19
Time 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location Details
San Jose Peace & Justice Center
48 South 7th St
San Jose, CA 95112
Event Type Screening
Organizer/AuthorShelby Minister
Emailcoordinator [at]
Address48 South 7th St., San Jose, CA 95112
In February 2003, university professor and pro-Palestinian civil rights activist Sami Al-Arian was arrested in Tampa, Florida, charged with providing material support to a terror organization. For two-and-a-half years he was held in solitary confinement, denied basic privileges and given limited access to his attorneys. While the Bush administration considered this a landmark case in its campaign against international terrorism, Sami Al-Arian claims he was targeted in an attempt to silence his political views.

The film follows Sami Al-Arian’s wife Nahla and their five children throughout his 6 month-long trial. It is an intimate family portrait that documents the strain brought on by the trial, a battle waged both in court and in the media. In the film a tight-knit family unravels before our very eyes as trial preparations, strategy and spin consume their lives. This is a nightmare come to life, as a man is prosecuted for his beliefs rather than his actions.

Short Presentation and Discussion led by Summer Hararah from the Muslim Legal Fund of America.
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