Takes place in the days before Christmas near a little-known border crossing on the Mohawk reservation between New York State and Quebec. Here, the lure of fast money from smuggling ... See full summary »
A story about a troubled boy growing up in England, set in 1983. He comes across a few skinheads on his way home from school, after a fight. They become his new best friends even like family. Based on experiences of director Shane Meadows.
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
The scene where the cops drive around and someone tries to sell them stolen red shoes, was not staged. They were actually shooting in the car and were interrupted by that man. As the actors used to be actual cops, they reacted like they would, and later the filmmakers decided to keep that scene. See more »
From all the movies we submitted to the Academy Awards during the years, Ajami stands victorious. A great story about small hopes and dreams in an average-Israeli-reality in which no one is sacred. It is story telling at it's best, and i'm not saying this strictly because i'm from Israel. it's simply a great movie. a conflict is as good as the key actors within and in this case, it shows the variety of personalities that the Israel-Palestine conflict has. I'm curious to know how the movie is accepted around the world. There are a lot of small gestures that are hidden in the language itself and can't be translated. Plus, you have to live here in order to fully understand the meaning and complexity's of the actions portrayed in the movie. I hope and pray that Ajami will be this years winner just because it deserves it more than anything else.
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