Trailerama: Ajami

Ajami is a tough neighborhood in the Israeli city of Jaffa. It provides the backdrop for this debut from the Israeli-Arab filmmaking team of Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani. Several stories are wound around each other, using The Wire‘s methodology to show how criminal, class and racial tensions make up the Israeli fabric. Copti himself has a role as a man dying to leave the precinct. First, though, he must dispose of his brother’s packet of drugs. The film received a Camera d’Or at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.

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  1. Must See Movies: February 2010 « SquallyShowers Says:

    […] Ajami Release date: Feb. 3 The pitch: Israel’s problems—and lord knows there’s a lot of them—are filtered through several interlocking stories set in a tough neighborhood of Jaffa. It’s an Arab-Israeli Wire! Fun fact: Jaffa gets a nod in the Bible as the port where Jonah boarded a ship on his ill-fated escape to Tarshish. Why it could be great: After earning acclaim on the festival circuit, this tough drama won Best Picture and Director at the Israeli Oscars last year. Why it could suck: There are very few happy endings in Israel. […]

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