A.O. Scott of The New York Times has an interesting review of “Ajami,” Israel’s submission to the Oscars for Best Foreign Film. “Ajami” is opening in the States now to a limited release, so check your local times and listings.
Written and directed by Scandar Copti, an Israeli Arab (who also plays an important supporting role), and Yaron Shani, who is Jewish, the film is acutely insightful about the social divisions within Israel, but it examines them without scolding or sentimentality.
There is no finger-pointing here, and no group hugging either. Instead there is a sharp sense of just how deep and wide the schisms are, not just between Jews and Arabs but also between Christians and Muslims, rich and poor, farmers and city dwellers, men and women, young and old and so on. (read more)