Ajami

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Released 2009

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2009
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Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, and winner of many international film prizes, AJAMI is a bold new crime drama set on the margins of an Arab ghetto in the Israeli city of Jaffa that "could almost be in the Los Angeles of 'Boyz N the Hood,' the Baltimore of 'The Wire' or the Rio de Janeiro of 'City of God.'(New York Times). Working with a cast of non-actors in the real streets, back alleys, nightclubs and rooftops of Ajami itself, co-directors Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti have crafted a "stunning" (New York Magazine) film that deftly meshes characters and conflicts with unsentimental compassion, uncompromising realism, and harrowing violence.

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  • 90

    The New York Times A.O. Scott

    One of the pleasures of Ajami, a tough and in many ways unsparing movie, is its deep immersion in the beats and melodies of everyday life in Jaffa and beyond.

  • 80

    Los Angeles Times Kenneth Turan

    The last thing you see in Ajami should be the first thing on your mind about this compelling new film from Israel. That would be the closing credits, written in both Hebrew and Ara...

  • 80

    Variety

    Time shifts may overcomplicate the narrative for some, but the pay-off packs a major punch.

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    Foreign Language, Crime