A New View Film Series Presents: The Citizen
Where: The Ford Salon in Butler University’s Robertson Hall
The dream of emigrating to the United States is a golden ticket for many as despite its problems, this country remains a beacon of hope for those seeking security and economic opportunity. Issues of illegal immigration have polarized our country. Further, in the minds of many, the events of 9/11 seeded a distrust of those whose appearance resembles those terrorists. Those who emigrate legally unwittingly wade into these issues. It can be hard to see our ambivalence visited upon those whose joy of finally achieving their dream runs headlong into this ugliness. It is a part of our culture we don’t like to see, but we all bear the responsibility to welcome the newcomer and seek to understand rather than prejudge or demonize.
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 is a gripping tale of courage, love, and perseverance, the qualities of a true citizen.
About A New View Film Series:
Each of us has a unique view through which we see the world. Shaped by our experiences, culture, and familial identity, this view forms our beliefs, values, and way of life. A New View Film Series will journey outside everyday life to explore new worldviews through the screening of five films. Each screening will be followed by a discussion of the film lead by Louise Henderson, former Festival Director and Head Documentary Programmer for Heartland Film Festival, now an independent film producer and film festival consultant. The series will take place every other month from August 2015 through April 2016 at Butler University’s Eidson-Duckwall Recital Hall. The series is free and open to the public.
Presented and Facilitated by the Desmond Tutu Center, Center for Interfaith Cooperation, and Butler University’s Amnesty International and Center for Faith and Vocation