Ajami is an Israeli film by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, based on real events in the Ajami neighborhood in Jaffa.
The plot is about Omer, a young Muslim, and his family, who are dealing with threats on their lives from a Bedouin crime-family because of an old vendetta.
Omer is in love with the daughter of a rich Christian restaurateur called Abu Alias. One of Abu’s employees is Malek, a young Palestinian from the territories who needs money for his sick mother.
Simultaneously, Dando, a poilce officer who fights against the crime in the Ajami neighborhood, struggles with the disappearance of his soldier brother, and Binj, a cook, asks the authorities to move to Neve – Tzedek in order to live with his Jew girlfriend.
The movie won 5 Ophir Awards (the Israeli Oscars), including the best movie award.
Ajami was also nominated this year for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award, but it didn’t win.
The movie trailer (video from KinoInternational on youtube.com)