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Arabani (2013)

Yoseph is a Druze who returns to his native village after having been estranged from it for 17 years. He arrives with his son and daughter, whose Jewish mother he has just divorced.


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Cast overview:
Eyad Sheety Eyad Sheety ... Yusuf
Zuhaira Sabbagh Zuhaira Sabbagh ... Afifa
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Tom Kelrich Tom Kelrich ... Eli
Mahmud Abu-Jazi Mahmud Abu-Jazi ... Sami
Shadi Mar'i ... Samer
Daniella Niddam Daniella Niddam ... Smadar


Arabani is a slang word that combines Hebrew and Arabic. Yoseph is a Druze who returns to his native village after having been estranged from it for 17 years. He arrives with his son and daughter, whose Jewish mother he has just divorced. Yoseph plans to settle down in this small Druze village. That decision leads to friction within the closed, conservative Druze community and also with his mother Afifa, who accepts him and his children as part of her family. The friction stems from the fact that to be a real Druze, both parents must be Druze. Despite the problems and difficulties, Semadar, Yoseph's daughter, unexpectedly finds love. Written by South Film Fesival

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Arabic | Hebrew

Release Date:

22 May 2014 (Israel) See more »

Filming Locations:

Daliyat al-Karmel, Israel

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Becoming an Outcast
7 August 2014 | by ilania_aSee all my reviews

The film has immediately raised the question "Why would a man who has already lived in Israel, go back to a village with his two children who can never belong there, since they are from a mixed marriage?!" I would have understood it better if he came to rest a bit in his childhood home after a divorce, and to give his children an opportunity to meet their grandmother. The trip home was doomed from the beginning.

However, the film does reveal a bit about the daily life of the Druze people in Israel. These are people who practice their own secret religion, live in the country as full citizens, their young man serve in the military, and adults work with Israelis. Yet we do not have much chance of knowing more about their life. The scenes of the two male friends who meet after many years, the music and the dance movements were beautiful. The photography of the village built on the slopes of the mountain was great.

The acting was very good the main characters as well as the supporting roles, the youngsters in particular. I was impressed by Josef's Mother Afifa. The scene at the temple, from where she was asked to exit until her guests leave, was quite strong. Another touching moment was the daughter leaning on her grandmother and being consoled by her.

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