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The tragic fragility of human existence is experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami, where enemies must live as neighbors. No location better expresses the dramatic collision of different worlds.

Germany / Israel 2009, 120 min.

Jaffa’s Ajami neighborhood is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians. Back and forth in time, and through the eyes of various characters, we witness how impossible the situation actually is…
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… The tragic fragility of human existence is experienced in the enclosed community of Ajami, where enemies must live as neighbours.

Actor / Actress Character
Shahir Kabaha Omar Khalifeh
Fouad Habash Nasri Khalife
Ibrahim Frege Malek
Scandar Copti Binji
Eran Naim Dando
Elias Saba El Antar
Yousef Sahwani Abu Lias
Kabob Anan
Director Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
Script Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
Producer Thanassis Karathanos
Talia Kleinhändler
Mosh Danon
in co-production with ZDF-Das Kleine Fernsehspiel
supported by Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg
World Cinema Fund
Distribution Neue Visionen
 World Sales The Match Factory
Director of Photography Boaz Yakov
Editor Yaron Shani, Scandar Copti
Sound Design Kai Tebbel
Re- recording mixing Matthias Schwab
Set Design Yoan Sinai
Music Rabiah Buchari


International Premiere:

22.05.2009, 60th Cannes Film Festival / Quinzaine des Réalisateurs

 Festivals / Awards (selection):

nominated for the Foreign Language Film Oscar, 2010

Cannes IFF / Quinzaine des Réalisateurs, 2009
Camera d’Or – Special Distinction

Jerusalem IFF Wolgin, 2009
-Award for Best Full-Length Israeli Feature

Ophir Awards of the Israeli Film and Television Academy,2009
Best Picture
-Best Director

Best Screenplay
Best Editing
Best Composer for Rabiah Buchari

Ghent IFF, 2009
Xplore award by the Young Jury

The Times BFI London IFF, 2009
Sutherland Award

Cinéma Méditerranéen et de l’Agglomération de Montpellier, 2009
Best Film Award

Mostra de Valencia Palmera de Plata, 2009
Best Director Award

AFI Fest / New Lights competition, 2009
Special Jury Mention

Thessaloniki IFF- Best Feature Film Award, 2009
Golden Alexander Best Screenplay Award

ex aequo, 2009
Fischer Public Choice Award

Talinn Black Nights IFF, 2009
Grand Prix of the international competition for Eurasian films

Boulder FF, 2010
– Grand Prize

Istanbul IFF, 2010
– FACE Award

Festival International du Antigone d’or de la Ville, 2009

Toronto IFF, 2009

Helsinke IFF, 2009

Nouveau Cinéma, Montréal, 2009

Mumbai FF, 2009

Sofia IFF, 2010

Hong Kong IFF, 2010