Sacha Baron Cohen, Academy Award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning writer/performer and creator of such indelible characters as Ali G, Borat and Bruno, now steps into the autocratic and very shiny shoes of General Admiral Haffaz Aladeen, a dictator who risks his life to ensure that democracy will never come to the country he so lovingly oppresses, in The Dictator.
Oil rich and isolated, the North African state of Wadiya has been ruled by the vehemently anti-West Aladeen since he was six, when he was named Supreme Leader after the unfortunate death of his father, sadly killed in a hunting accident hit by 97 stray bullets and a hand grenade. Since his ascension to absolute power, Aladeen's trusted advisor has been his Uncle Tamir (Sir Ben Kingsley), who serves as Head of the Secret Police, Chief of Security and Procurer or Women. Unfortunately for Aladeen and his advisors, the much-despised West has begun to poke its nose into Wadiyan affairs and the United Nations has repeatedly sanctioned the country over the last decade... the Dictator is not about to let a Security Council inspector into his secret weapons facility... don't they know what "secret" means? But after an assassination attempt takes the life of yet another ringer for the Supreme Leader, Tamir convinces Aladeen to go to New York to address the United Nations' concerns.
General Aladeen, Tamir and their entourage arrive in New York to a not-so-warm reception, as the city is rife with exiled Wadiyans, who only wish to see their country freed from Aladeen's despotic rule. But much more than angry expatriates and unwanted (and unwarranted!) sanctions await Aladeen in the Land of the Free...