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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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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 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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Details

Country:

Germany | Israel

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

Opening Weekend USA:

$35,792, 7 February 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$621,240, 22 August 2010
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Dolby Digital | Dolby SR

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

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Featured in The 82nd Annual Academy Awards (2010) See more »

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Even at 10/10, the film is still underrated
4 October 2009 | by zikoodSee all my reviews

Ajami is a masterpiece, a film of the rare quality you look for when hitting the cinema. The achievements of this film are far greater than any shortcomings or glitches people may find.

As someone who's been to many of the exact locations (or similar) the film portrays, I was thrilled to see how well the film managed to connect these geographical dots together and create a very specific visual language.

Not often you see so many diverse landscapes and locations in one film without the diversity being annoying and decorative. In a Ajami's case, the wide selection of locations enhances the strong linkage: a small village near Nablus, the city of Tel-Aviv, a Bedouin encampment can be all linked by a single event.

By going in digging backwards into the events, it seems like only more questions arise, more events happen to be linked and the reality happens to be far different to what we expect.

This is the biggest quality of the film: It manages to open the eyes of those who thought their eyes were open already.


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