DVD: Ajami (15)

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While the sweeping narrative of the Middle East has captured the attention of the Western media, it's worth taking the time for fictional portrayals that fill out the human side of the story.

Having garnered an Oscar nomination last year, Ajami centres on the district of the same name in the Tel Aviv satellite town of Jaffa. Painting a fuzzy moral picture of the film's Muslims, Christians and Jews, it offers a disorientating account of a chain of events set off by the killing of the wrong person, taking us through five chapters of vignettes that interact in unexpected ways. The directors, an Israeli Jew and a Palestinian born in Israel, resist simple moral judgements – and the film is all the stronger for it.

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