Directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani
Composed by Rabiah Buchari
Directed by Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti
Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®, and winner of many
international film prizes, Ajami is a bold new crime drama set on the
margins of an Arab ghetto in the Israeli city of Jaffa that "could almost be
in the Los Angeles of 'Boyz N the Hood,' the Baltimore of 'The Wire' or the
Rio de Janeiro of 'City of God.'(New York Times)
Teeming with Palestinian illegal immigrants, Israeli Arabs, Christians and Jews, Ajami is a cloistered urban neighborhood as treacherous and potentially deadly as the front lines of Gaza. When a Bedouin extortionist is gunned down in self defense, a teenager is mistakenly killed in retribution, and an entire Arab family faces extinction. Under the same roof, a young Palestinian risks his life and freedom to pay for treatment that would save his dying mother. Out on the streets, a Jewish cop preys on the local drug trade by night while searching for his missing brother by day. Enemy, neighbor, or both, everyone in Ajami runs the same risk of death, arrest and heartbreak.
Working with a cast of non-actors in the real streets, back alleys, nightclubs and rooftops of Ajami itself, co-directors Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti have crafted a "stunning" (New York Magazine) film that deftly meshes characters and conflicts with unsentimental compassion, uncompromising realism, and harrowing violence.
"EMOTIONALLY MESMERIZING.." GRADE 'A' - Owen Gleiberman, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"ONE OF THE YEAR'S TRUE STANDOUTS...A rich and absorbing drama...Just plain gripping...The right locale and the right subject, undertaken by the right directors." - Michael Phillips, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
"RIPPING DRAMA...VIVID, COMBUSTIBLE, DEEPLY HUMANE." - Joshua Rothkopf, TIME OUT NEW YORK
- Camera d'Or Cannes Film Festival
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