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Nominated for a Best Foreign Language Film Oscar®, and winner of many international film prizes, Ajami is a bold new crime drama set on the margins of an Arab ghetto in the Israeli city of Jaffa that “could almost be in the Los Angeles of ‘Boyz N the Hood,’ the Baltimore of ‘The Wire’ or the Rio de Janeiro of ‘City of God.’(New York Times) 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. Working with a cast of non-actors in the real streets, back alleys, nightclubs and rooftops of Ajami itself, co-directors Yaron Shani and Scandar Copti have crafted a “stunning” (New York Magazine) film that deftly meshes characters and conflicts with unsentimental compassion, uncompromising realism, and harrowing violence.

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Special Features * New high-definition digital transfer, supervised by director of photography Stuart Dryburgh and approved by director Jane Campion * New Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack * Audio commentary featuring Campion, Dryburgh, and actress Kerry Fox * A 10-minute documentary about the making of An Angel at My Table * Six deleted scenes * My Say, an audio interview with Janet Frame from 1983 * Original theatrical trailer * Stills gallery * Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing * Plus: a 40-page booklet featuring a new essay by film critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from Frame’s autobiography, on which Campion based her film

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