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Ajami (2009)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | 17 September 2009 (Israel)
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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 ...
Nasri
Nisrine Rihan ...
Ilham
Elias Saba ...
Shata
Youssef Sahwani ...
Abu-Lias
Abu George Shibli ...
Sido
Ibrahim Frege ...
Malek
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Binj
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Omar
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Anan (as Hilal Kabob)
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Hadir
Eran Naim ...
Dando Ben David
Sigal Harel ...
Dando's sister
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Dando's mother
Moshe Yerushalmi ...
Dando's father
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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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Crime | Drama

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17 September 2009 (Israel)  »

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Adzami  »

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Opening Weekend:

$35,792 (USA) (7 February 2010)

Gross:

$621,240 (USA) (22 August 2010)
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German censorship visa # 121682 delivered on 17-2-2010. See more »

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

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Confusing but well acted, holds interest
1 October 2009 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

There is the sensitive kid thrust into a situation that requires more maturity and smarts than normal for his age, there is the couple whose love incurs disapproval because it crosses ethnic lines, there is the authority figure who protects you today but may turn against you tomorrow... the problem is, this movie has two of each of those. The cast of characters is huge and hard to keep track of, the plot is artificially discontinuous, and in short if you want to get the movie straight, you'd better be ready to see it twice. Which you may want to, because the acting is convincing and although the characters are used from time to time to make a clear and didactic sociopolitical point, they win considerable sympathy from the viewer-- without, for the most part, being oversentimentalized.


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