Teeming with Palestinian illegal immigrants, Israeli Arabs, Christians and Jews, Ajami is a cloistered urban neighborhood as treacherous and potentially deadly as the front lines of Gaza. When a Bedouin extortionist is gunned down in self defense, a teenager is mistakenly killed in retribution and an entire Arab family faces extinction. Under the same roof, a young Palestinian risks his life and freedom to pay for treatment that would save his dying mother. Out on the streets, a Jewish cop preys on the local drug trade by night while searching for his missing brother by day. Enemy, neighbor, or both, everyone in Ajami runs the same risk of death, arrest and heartbreak.
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Very troubling, its a shame that families have to endure such hardship because of the vipers and snakes of the world. For someone to be in such turmoil, that they feel they have no other alternative other than to do something criminal. Yet these real life situations exist and the results often turn into tragedies.
After seeing a series of Iranian films you might think Ajami is a hollywood production with quite good acting, pretty slick camera work and a very active and dramatic plot. The characters are all caught in impossible (but highly plausible) predicaments in a cold and quite violent world. Their desperate attempts to resolve their problems typically only complicate matters. Unlike a Hollywood production, however, the viewer never has to deal with plot development that is obvious and predictable. A very good film.