- 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
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
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