TMFF: You say this movie is "inspired by many true stories." Was there one particular event that happened to you or a story that you heard from someone else, that became the catalyst for you to write the screenplay?
SAM: "An immigrant search for the American Dream" was really the concept that sparks the idea of THE CITIZEN, being an immigrant myself made the story really personal and authentic.
TMFF: The Citizen is your debut feature film as a writer, director and producer. What are you most proud of with the film?
SAM: As a first time filmmaker, the film itself is what I am most proud of because the making was a journey and the completion was so challenging. Something else that I am really proud of is the great international cast that came together to tell this important story.
TMFF: The film deals with some emotional issues surrounding immigration. All the main character, Ibrahim, wants to do is live in the United States, work hard and live the American Dream. Do you think the American Dream is still a possibility for immigrants today?
SAM: I believe the American Dream will never die because this country was built right. However, this dream might be more challenging than ever but that only means we should believe more in our ability to change the circumstances to make it happen.
TMFF: Is there anything people would be surprised to know about the film?
SAM: I will share the surprises with the audience after they see the movie.
Can't wait to meet the fans in Colorado and to share with them our unique story, I am sure THE CITIZEN star Cary Elwes feels the same.