USA vs. Al-Arian

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USA vs. Al-Arian
Directed by Line Halvorsen
Produced by Jan Dalchow
Written by Line Halvorsen
Starring Sami Al-Arian
Nahla Al-Arian
Abdullah Al-Arian
Laila Al-Arian
Leena Al-Arian
Ali Al-Arian
Lama Al-Arian
Linda Moreno
Paul I. Perez
David Cole
Music by Stein Berge Svendsen
Cinematography Tone Andersen
Edited by Trond Winterkjaer
Line Halvorsen
Release date
  • 19 January 2007 (2007-01-19)
Running time
102 minutes
Country Norway
Language English

USA vs AL-ARIAN is 2007 documentary film about Sami Al-Arian and his family during and after his federal trial on terrorism-related charges. It was directed by the Norwegian director Line Halvorsen.

According to the St. Petersburg Times, the film "glosses over the specific charges, and pays scant attention to the evidence."[1] However Variety notes that, "Though unquestionably biased, eye-opening docu "USA vs Al-Arian" throws the spotlight on a justice system shanghaied by the Patriot Act, leaving a deeply sympathetic family frayed but not quite broken."[2]

In the trial, the jury acquitted Al-Arian of nearly half the charges, and deadlocked on the remaining charges. After the trial, Al-Arian pleaded guilty in 2006 to conspiracy to help a terrorist organization, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.



  1. ^ Hillsborough: Film focuses on human side of the Al-Arian saga
  2. ^ Weissberg, Jay. (2007-02-19). "USA vs Al-Arian.(Movie review)". Variety: 51. Retrieved 2007-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d e Norwegian Film Institute. "USA vs. Al-Arian". Retrieved 2008-04-25. 

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