Ajami (2010)

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… More

Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 3, 2010
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010
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Critic Score: 97% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: This multi-character drama balances intimate portrayals and broad political implications to paint a bracing and moving portrait of the Middle East conflict.

Trevor Johnston
Time Out

This is vividly challenging, utterly inclusive and heartfelt cinema. It's not only gripping to watch, but it'll open your eyes to the intractable human conundrums behind the blood-stained headlines.

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Jonathan F. Richards

The fact that these two Israelis from opposite camps worked together to make this movie is as important as the movie itself.

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Chris Chang
Film Comment Magazine

Its sense of ambiance, most apparent during scenes of simple conversation between characters, more than compensates for the cinematic overdetermination.

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Rick Groen
Globe and Mail

The performances are searingly intense, all delivered by non-professionals cast to type and extemporizing within the parameters of the script. They take the play out of acting, and the effect is unvarnished realism.

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John Hartl
Seattle Times

A compelling drama about prejudice and folly.

Enrique Buchichio
Uruguay Total

Una contundente ópera prima, narrada en forma fragmentaria a la manera de Amores Perros o Crash, que retrata con brutal honestidad la vida en un conflictivo vecindario de Jaffa. Estupendo elenco de actores no profesionales.

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Colin Covert
Minneapolis Star Tribune

Any given half-hour of the film has dramatic impact; at two hours, it's a power punch to the gut.

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Joe Williams
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

It's an admirably even-handed portrait of life in an occupied ghetto that is bounded by checkpoints. Everyone we meet is a more or less honorably motivated victim of circumstance.

Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Gripping modern-day drama about crime and tensions among the Israeli Jews and Israeli Arabs.

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Flixster Audience Score: 81% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Ajami is a brutal, gripping and honest look at the endless violence that has been devastating the Middle East - a complex mosaic drama set in a neighborhood… More
Lanning : )
Okay, I think I'm in the twilight zone but, then again, I'm pretty sure I'm not. <p> It's not just that this is an interesting movie… More
Jim Hunter
Directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli, this film tells the stories of several men in Israel/Palestine who struggle in the midst of colonization and ethnic… More
Walter M.
In "Ajami," Omar's(Shair Kabaha) uncle defends himself from a shakedown attempt at his restaurant by grievously wounding the attacker which… More
Cynthia S.
It took a bit of time to figure out the disjointed non-linear plotting with this film. The detailed flashbacks, with increasingly more details, was likely the… More
Jeff Talbott
Moviegoing for the hardcore foreign film attendee, AJAMI demands so much attention that it can't help but finally not quite be worth all the effort.… More