Films from Past Years/ Ajami
Israel | Narrative Feature | 120 min | Website
Sponsored By: Barbara McGrew
Director: Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti
Awards: Academy Award Nominee Foreign language Film 2010; Cannes Camera d’Or Special Mention; London Film Festival – Sutherland Trophy: Ophir Award (Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Music)
A powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood, a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians, and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants-a young Israeli fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery, a Jewish police detective obsessed with finding his missing brother, and an affluent Palestinian dreaming of a future with his Jewish girlfriend. As their stories intersect, and the film’s narrative shifts back and forth in time, we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.