Ajami

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    Ajami

    Directed by

    Germany, Israel

    2009

    124 min

    • Arabic
    • Hebrew

    Drama

      Cannes IFF - Official CompetitionToronto IFF Karlovy Vary IFF

    Ajami is a powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa's Ajami neighbourhod- 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 (Shahir Kabaha) fighting a criminal vendetta against his family, a Palestinian refugee (Ibrahim Frege) working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery, a Jewish police detective (Eran Naim) obsessed with finding his missing brother, and an affluent Palestinian (Scandar Copti) 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 neighbours.

    Awards

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    • Academy Award Nomination for Best Foreign Language Film
    • Special Mention - Caméra d'Or
    • Best Feature Film - Jerusalem FF
    • Sutherland Trophy - London FF
    • Best Film, Best Director, Best Screenplay, Best Music, Best Editing - Ophir Award
    • Best Eurasian Film - Tallinn Black Nights FF
    • Golden Alexander - Thessaloniki IFF

    Festivals

    Credits

    Cast
    Fouad Habash
    Nisrine Rihan
    Elias Saba
    Youssef Sahwani
    Abu George Shibli
    Ibrahim Frege
    Scandar Copti
    Shahir Kabaha
    Hilal Kabob
    Ranin Karim
    Eran Naim
    Screenplay
    Scandar Copti
    Yaron Shani
    Cinematography
    Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
    Editing
    Scandar Copti
    Yaron Shani
    Music
    Rabiah Buchari 
    Production
    INOSAN PRODUCTIONS

    Press

    Rarely has the tinderbox nature of the Middle East been so accurately lensed, on such an intimate scale.

    Jay Weissberg, Variety

    Emotionally mesmerizing.

    Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly

    Expertly shot and cut to keep up the momentum throughout.

    Dan Fainaru, Screen Daily

    Yaron Shani

    Yaron Shani

    Israel

    Yaron Shani is an Israeli Jew, born in 1973. A graduate of Tel Aviv University's Department of Film and Television, his thesis film, DISPHORIA, won the Audience Award at the Babelsberg International Student Film Festival, as well as a Special Jury Mention at Karlovy Vary. The film was broadcast on ARTE and ZDF (Germany), and participated in several other international festivals. He has also directed and edited documentaries and 3D films for Orphan Group, shown in museums and cinemas all over the world. Shani is the director of the Love Trilogy: the first film STRIPPED (2018) world-premiered at Venice IFF in the Orizzonti section, the second CHAINED (2019) won the Award for Best Film at Jerusalem FF and the last installment is REBORN.

    Selected Filmography

    Scandar  Copti

    Scandar Copti

    Israel

    Scandar Copti is a Palestinian citizen of the Israeli state, born in 1975 and raised in Jaffa. Originally trained as a mechanical engineer, his first short, TRUTH, screened at the 2003 Artists Against Occupation in Montreal, and was purhcased by the Israeli Channel 8. Since then, he has written, directed and edited several fiction, documentary and experimental short films. His video art works have been screened at the Israeli Centre for Digital Art, the Herzliya Museum of Contemporary Art and at the Redding Art Fair 5 in Tel Aviv.