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Palestinian Scandar Copti and Israeli Yaron Shani collaborated on this independent drama, which examines how the troubled relationship between their countries colors everyday life in the Middle East. Nasri (Fouad Habash) is a teenager whose family is in crisis: his uncle got into an altercation with a local crime boss, and in reprisal, his cousin has been murdered. The shooters, it seems, originally intended to kill Nasri's younger brother, Omar (Shahir Kabaha), in lieu of the cousin. Abu Elias (Youssef Sahwani), a restaurateur and respected member of the community, steps in to negotiate. Omar agrees to make a cash payment to the gangsters to prevent further violence, but since he doesn't have the money, he raises it by dealing drugs. Abu has a daughter, Hadir (Ranin Karim), who works at his restaurant; she's fallen in love with Omar, but since she's Christian and he's Muslim, they can't acknowledge their feelings in public. Also working at the restaurant is Malek (Ibrahim Frege), a 16-year-old illegal immigrant who is looking for any kind of job to help pay for his mother's medical treatments. And elsewhere, Dando (Eran Naim) is a policeman drawn into the chaotic life of Binj (Scandar Copti), a suspected drug dealer who has been arrested for attacking a Jewish neighbor; Dando is also preoccupied with the fate of his brother, who has suddenly gone missing. Ajami won a special distinction award at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/24/2010
UPC: 0738329067229
Original Release: 2009
Source: Kino Video
Time: 2:00:00
Sales rank: 80,137

Special Features

Ajami: the story of the actors; Deleted scenes; Theatrical trailer; Stills gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Shahir Kabaha Omar
Ibrahim Frege Malek
Fouad Habash Nasri
Youssef Sahwani Abu Elias
Scandar Copti Binj
Ghassan Ashkar Nasri's Uncle
Eran Naim Dando
Nisrin Rihan Ilham
Ranin Karim Hadir
Sigal Harel Dando's sister

Technical Credits
Scandar Copti Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Yaron Shani Director,Editor,Screenwriter
Rabiah Buchari Score Composer
Mosh Danon Producer
Itai Elohav Sound/Sound Designer
Thanassis Karathanos Co-producer
Talia Kleinhendler Producer
Allan Niblo Executive Producer
Rupert Preston Executive Producer
James D. Richardson Executive Producer
Matthias Schwab Sound/Sound Designer
Yoav Sinai Production Designer
Kai Tebbel Sound/Sound Designer
Boaz Yakov Cinematographer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Ajami
1. Killed for Nothing [:12]
2. Cease Fire [9:08]
3. Sit Down [9:54]
4. Crossing the Border [9:55]
5. Binj [10:04]
6. The Deal [10:33]
7. Missing [8:25]
8. Found [12:56]
9. The Handsome Duck [6:06]
10. Gunpowder [10:28]
11. Break Up [5:24]
12. Weightless [7:15]

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