01 September 2009

Not just Oranges

Here is trailer for Israeli movie Ajami, that was already proclaimed as Israeli answer to Crash.
The film was already at different festivals around the world, winning special prize at Cannes and main prize at Jerusalem, and will be also shown at the upcoming Toronto festival this month as part of Contemporary World Cinema competition. Displaying rough and violent reality in the Jaffa's neighborhood Ajami, the movie tells a story of multiple characters and how accidental murder and a drug deal spur uncontrolled violence in a Arab community in the city.

Jaffa's Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. Sensitive 13-year-old Nasri and his older brother Omar live in fear when their entire family is in danger after their uncle foolishly wounds a prominent clan member. Naive young Palestinian refugee Malek works illegally in Israel to help finance the surgery that will save his mother's life. Affluent Palestinian Binj dreams of a bright future with his Jewish girlfriend. Jewish policeman Dando becomes obsessed with revenge when his brother is found dead in the West Bank...

Shorter teaser, with similar footage, was also released. You can see it here.

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