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The specifics of the plot in Ajami aren't as important as the impact of many sad moments that build up one after another. Hatred is like the weather. You don't agree with the rain but still you get wet.
There are hints at the sort of collective punishment so often rained down by Palestinians and Israelis upon one another, but really there are far broader concerns here in what is, in effect, a drama of divisions
Observing the ominous nature of violence and its crushing aftermath, Ajami is a striking raw nerve of a feature film, holding to a steady path of dread, but keeping the story on its toes by jolting back and forth through locations and time.
By showing how people fail to live together - in a film you could call Israel's City of God, with its sectarian-feuding story lent power and immediacy by improvisation and non-professional casting - Ajami shows how they might or should live together.
Filmmakers Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani, who also wrote the story, effectively show how, in a tinderbox fueled by racial and religious suspicions, quiet lives can be upended by mere chance, and how constant, random violence feeds upon itself.