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Directed by: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
124 Minutes, 2009, Drama; Other Israel Film Festival

Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot where Jews, Muslims, and Christians mingle in one of the poorest sectors of the city. Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti’s Ajami gives voice to a cross-section of the neighborhood’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 positive future with his Jewish girlfriend. But their intersecting stories leads to a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.


Director: Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti

Producer: Inosan Productions
Producer: Mosh Danon

Cast: Fouad Habash

Cast: Ibrahim Frege

Cast: Shahir Kabaha

Written by: Yaron Shani

Written by: Scandar Copti

Distributor: Kino Lorber


Cannes Film Festival; New York Jewish Film Festival