Ana Arabia

Filmed in one sequence-shot of 85 minutes, Ana Arabia is a moment in the life of a small community of outcasts, Jews and Arabs, who live together in a forgotten enclave at the "border" between Jaffa and Bat Yam, in Israel. One day, Yael, a young journalist, visits them. In these dilapidated shacks, in the orchard filled with lemon trees and surrounded by mass public houses, she discovers a range of characters far removed from the usual clichés offered by the region. Yael has the feeling of having discovered a human goldmine. She no longer thinks of her job. Faces and words of Youssef and Miriam, Sarah and Walid, of their neighbors, their friends tell her about life, its dreams and its hopes, its love affairs, desires and disillusions. Their relation to time is different than that of the city around them. In this tinkered and fragile place, there is a possibility of coexistence. A universal metaphor.

85 minutes
Amos Gitai

Shown at

  1. New York Jewish Film Festival - 2014
  2. SERET the London Israeli Film & TV Festival - 2014

3 Responses

  1. jewishfilmfests says:

    Variety: Leslie Felperin: Venice Film Review: ‘Ana Arabia’

  2. jewishfilmfests says:

    Indiwire: Judy Gelman Myers from Director Talk, Oliver Lyttelton from The Playlist, Jon Frosch from, The Atlantic, the Village Voice

  3. jewishfilmfests says:

    E. Nina Rothe: Best of Venice 70: Amos Gitai’s Ana Arabia

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