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July 2013

Film "USA vs Al-Arian"

When: Friday, July 19 2013 @ 07:00 PM - - 09:00PM
Where: San Josť Peace & Justice Center
48 S 7th St
San Josť, CA 95112
Description: 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 such as family visitations 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-Arianís 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 after the film led by Summer Hararah from the Muslim Legal Fund of America.

Sponsored by South Bay Committee Against Political Repression

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