AJAMI

MATERIALS

DOCUMENTATION

PHOTOS

SCANDAR COPTI & YARON SHANI

2009 || Israel-Germany || 120 mins || 35mm || Color || Feature

WORLD SALES

The Match Factory (Cologne)

FESTIVALS / AWARDS

Israeli Academy Awards - Best Film
Cannes 09 - Directors' Fortnight (Closing Night Film)
Cannes 09 - Winner - Camera D'Or Special Mention

SYNOPSIS

Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. Back and forth in time, and through the eyes of various characters, we witness how impossible the situation actually is... Sensitive 13-year-old Nasri and his older brother Omar live in fear when their entire family is in danger after their uncle foolishly wounds a prominent clan member. Naive young Palestinian refugee Malek works illegally in Israel to help finance the surgery that will save his mother’s life. Affluent Palestinian Binj dreams of a bright future with his Jewish girlfriend. Jewish policeman Dando and his family undergo a frustrating search for his missing younger brother, a soldier... The tragic fragility of human existence is experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami, where enemies must live as neighbors. No location better expresses the dramatic collision of different worlds.

CAST

Omar - Shahir Kabaha, Malek - Ibrahim Frege, Nasri (Omar's Younger Brother)- Fouad Habash,
Abu Elias (Omar's Boss) - Yossouf Sahawani, Hadir (Abu Elias' Daughter) - Ranin Krim, Dando    (The Policeman) - Eran Naim, Binj (The Guy with the Goatee) - Scandar Copti, Shata (Omar's Friend)    - Elias Sabah, Anan (Omar's Co-Worker) - Hilal Caboub, Ilham (Mother of Omar & Nasri) - Nisrin Reihan, Dando's Mother - Tami Yerushalmi, Dando's Father - Moshe Yerushalmi, Dando's Sister - Sigal Harel, Sido (Omar's Grandfather) - Abu-George Sibli

CREW

screenplay: Scandar Copti, Yaron Shani, cinematography: Boaz Yehonatan Yacov, sound: Itay Elohav, Kai Tebbel, production design: Yoav Sinai, editing: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti, music: Rabiah Buchari