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Apr 30 – May 6, 2010

Ajami

Dir. Scandar Copti & Yaron Shani Germany/Israel 120 min Not Rated

2010 Kino International

Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles

A powerful crime drama set on the streets of Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood — a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims, and Christians — and told through the eyes of a cross-section of the city’s inhabitants: a young Israeli fighting a criminal vendetta against his family; a Palestinian refugee working illegally to finance a life-saving surgery; a Jewish police detective obsessed with finding his missing brother; and an affluent Palestinian dreaming of a future with his Jewish girlfriend. As their stories intersect — and the film’s narrative shifts back and forth in time –we witness a dramatic collision of different worlds and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.

“Emotionally mesmerizing.” (Entertainment Weekly)

“A remarkable accomplishment, a swirling, choral sea of humanity that forces us to confront that a man who does terrible things can also be a loving father who gives his infant daughter a bath.” (Salon.com)

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