Ajami (2009)

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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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Credited cast:
Fouad Habash ...
Nisrine Rihan ...
Elias Saba ...
Youssef Sahwani ...
Abu George Shibli ...
Ibrahim Frege ...
Hilal Kaboub ...
Anan (as Hilal Kabob)
Eran Naim ...
Dando Ben David
Sigal Harel ...
Dando's sister
Tamar Yerushalmi ...
Dando's mother
Moshe Yerushalmi ...
Dando's father
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ghassan Ashkar


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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Release Date:

17 September 2009 (Israel)  »

Also Known As:

Adzami  »

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Opening Weekend:

$35,792 (USA) (5 February 2010)


$621,240 (USA) (20 August 2010)

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1.85 : 1
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None of the actors in this film had prior experience in acting. See more »


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Israel's finest hour at the Oscars
1 March 2010 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

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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