Syria: From Real to Reel

Syria: From Real to Reel


Join us for an extraordinary film event in support of a free and peaceful Syria
featuring world-renowned movie director/writer/producer Sam Kadi


Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:00pm - 7:30pm

Rutgers University - Engelhard Hall

190 University Avenue

Newark, NJ 07102


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Sam Kadi will show and discuss his short film, VETO, a story of the transformation of
Syria's current uprising from a peaceful movement to an armed revolution.


VETO was nominated for the Documentary of the Year Award at the Cinema For Peace Film Festival early this year in Berlin, Germany.


Sam Kadi will also show trailers and discuss THE CITIZEN, a major-motion picture
to be released in theatres this summer. THE CITIZEN is based on true events and tells the dramatic story of an Arab immigrant who arrives in New York City on September 10th, 2001. It stars Agnes Bruckner (Blood and Chocolate, The Woods), Khaled Nabawy (Fair Game, Kingdom of Heaven), William Atherton (Ghostbusters, The Last Samurai), and Cary Elwes (The Princess Bride, New Year's Eve). THE CITIZEN has already received five awards, including Best Ensemble Cast Award and the Mass Impact Award at the 28th Boston Film Festival, and Best Feature Drama at the 18th International Family Film Festival.


This is the first in a series of events for Syria: From Real to Reel, sponsored by The Center for the Study of Genocide and Human Rights, and organized by Mohamed A. Alsiadi, Chair of the U.S.-MidEast Program.





Originally from Syria, Sam arrived in the U.S. as a twenty-something year old theatrical actor and writer. Settling in Michigan, he soon discovered that his passion was bringing stories to life on the big screen. After graduating from the Motion Picture Institute of Michigan, Kadi went on to direct and produce a series of short films including the eight-time festival winner RAISED
ALONE. THE CITIZEN is his feature film debut. THE CITIZEN has won five awards on the film festival circuit and will be released in U.S. theatres late summer of 2013. Kadi was recently recognized by the prestigious foundation Cinema For Peace for raising awareness for human rights issues through films and was invited to speak before the International Criminal Court at The Hague, The Netherlands last June. Kadi has been featured on numerous international and national television and radio programs including CNN, FOX, France 24, Al-Arabiya T.V. and NPR.