"Ajami" (Israel 2010, 120 mins.), directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani; producers, Mosh Danon and Thanassis Karathanos. New York: Kino. Arabic or Hebrew dialogue; English subtitles. Shakespearian in its scope and themes; revenge, loyalty, hope and despair, draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother's medical expenses; a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness cultural and religious tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequence of enemies living as neighbors.
The film series is funded in part by a grant from the Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Language program, International Studies Division of the U.S. department of Education.