you say it!
Beautifully shot and rendered. Without focusing on the aspect of picking sides or portraying one particular group as perpetrator or victim, this film explores the complications of the problem at hand - most importantly, at the level to which it affects people.
This film has left me speechless. I found it moving and complex, and I think the ending is a call for people to become aware, "open their eyes", to the everyday human tragedies that unfold as a result of religious and political hatred. Many characters in the film are at once victims and victimizers, and black and whites melt into grey zones of indeterminacy.
Ajami is a well-conceived film that tells us the reality and what it feels like inside the mean streets of Ajami in Israel. But the film's central issues and themes can happen anywhere else in the world now whether you are in the slums in Rio De Janeiro or Tondo in Manila or Tokyo or New York and London. Like the people who inhabits Ajami, there are people who are like them in other places - forced by circumstances to do things they were not born to do and commit. The film is quite merciless in indicting society in general and refuses to resolve anything for us - but leave to us, viewers, what we can and should be doing to keep the human spirit hopeful for change.