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Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 17 September 2009 (Israel)
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Ajami is the religiously mixed community of Muslims and Christians in Tel Aviv. These are five stories about the everyday life in Ajami.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Fouad Habash Fouad Habash ... Nasri
Nisrin Siksik Nisrin Siksik ... Ilham (as Nisrine Rihan)
Elias Saba Elias Saba ... Shata
Youssef Sahwani Youssef Sahwani ... Abu-Lias
Abu George Shibli Abu George Shibli ... Sido
Ibrahim Frege Ibrahim Frege ... Malek
Scandar Copti ... Binj
Shahir Kabaha ... Omar
Hilal Kaboub ... Anan (as Hilal Kabob)
Ranin Karim ... Hadir
Eran Naim ... Dando Ben David
Sigal Harel Sigal Harel ... Dando's sister
Tamar Yerushalmi ... Dando's mother
Moshe Yerushalmi Moshe Yerushalmi ... Dando's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ghassan Ashkar Ghassan Ashkar
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Storyline

Ajami is an area of Jaffa where Arabs, Palestinians, Jews and Christians try to live together in an atmosphere that is -to say the least - electric. Omar, an Israeli Arab, struggles to save his family from elimination by a gang of extortionists. He also courts a beautiful Christian girl, Hadir, but marrying her is far from obvious. Malek, an illegal Palestinian worker, tries to collect enough money to pay for his mother's operation. Dando, an Israeli cop, does his utmost to trace his missing brother who may have been killed by Palestinians. Binj, Malek and Omar's Arab friend, suffers from being rejected by other members of his community for mixing with an Israeli girl. All of them will meet violence, most of the time ... with violence. Written by Guy Bellinger

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

Germany | Israel | UK

Language:

Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

17 September 2009 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

Adzami See more »

Filming Locations:

Jaffa, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,792, 7 February 2010

Gross USA:

$622,403

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,291,848
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Israel's official submission to 82nd Academy Award's Foreign Language in 2010. See more »

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Featured in Sharon Amrani: Remember His Name (2010) See more »

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A Harsh Portrait of Life in a Jaffa Neighborhood
16 January 2011 | by gelman@attglobal.netSee all my reviews

Old Jaffa, bordered by the Mediterranean on the east and surrounded on the other three sides by Tel Aviv, is still predominantly Arab and Ajami is one of its neighborhoods. This film, which tells its several stories episodically and without drawing any explicit lessons, conveys the hazards attending life in a place where Israeli Arabs and Palestinian Arabs, both Muslim and Christian, Bedouin and other criminal gangs, rub up against one another under the sometimes watchful eye of Israeli police. Without summarizing the story to the point of revealing the plot, it is about violence and the threat of violence, about familial ties and codes, about vengeance and deals to appease the avengers. It is very well acted, and the subtitles make clear what is being said either in Arabic or Hebrew and occasionally both at once. The film makers have not had much experience. That makes it all the more remarkable that they have succeeded so admirably in telling overlapping stories from different vantage points and, sometimes, out of sequence without confusing the viewer. It is harsh but powerful film and well worth the two hours required to watch it.


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