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  • Production: Inosan Productions
    Producer: Mosh Danon
  • Starring: Fouad Habash, Ibrahim Frege, Shahir Kabaha
  • Written By: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
  • Distributed By: Kino Lorber
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew, Arabic

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Ajami

NarrativeOther | 2009 | 120 min.
Directed by: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti

Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot where Jews, Muslims, and Christian's mingle in one of the poorest sectors of the city. Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti's AJAMI gives voice to a cross-section of the neighborhood's inhabitants: a young Israeli (Shahir Kabaha) fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee (Ibrahim Frege) working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery, a Jewish police detective (Eran Naim) obsessed with finding his missing brother, and an affluent Palestinian (Scandar Copti) dreaming of a positive future with his Jewish girlfriend. But their intersecting stories leads to a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.

Learn more about AJAMI at IsraelFilmCenter.org

Critical Acclaim

Cannes Film Festival; New York Jewish Film Festival

Nominated- Academy Awards- Best Foreign Film

Won- Israeli Film Academy- Best Director, Best Editing, Best Film, Best Music, Best Screenplay

Nominated- Israeli Film Academy- Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Sound

Won- Boulder International Film Festival- Grand Prize

Cannes Film Festival- Special Mention- Golden Camera

"This is vividly challenging, utterly inclusive and heartfelt cinema. It's not only gripping to watch, but it'll open your eyes to the intractable human conundrums behind the blood-stained headlines."

-Trevor Johnston, Time Out

"The performances are searingly intense, all delivered by non-professionals cast to type and extemporizing within the parameters of the script. They take the play out of acting, and the effect is unvarnished realism."

-Rick Groen, Globe and Mail

"Ajami brings its audience into a world where the cultural conflict is fierce, emotions run high, yet the hopeful vision of peaceful coexistence shines through the cracks."

-Steven Rea, Philedelphia Inquirer

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