At The Arts Center at NYU Abu Dhabi – Written and Directed by Scandar Copti and Yaron Shani

This Academy Award-nominated film is Shakespearean in its scope and themes – revenge, loyalty, hope, and despair. Ajami draws us into the lives of two brothers fearing assassination; a young refugee working illegally to cover his mother’s medical expenses; a cop obsessed with finding his missing brother. Through this dramatic collision of different worlds, we witness political, social and cultural tensions simmering beneath the surface and the tragic consequences of enemies living as neighbors.


Scandar Copti is an Oscar-nominated filmmaker and visual artist, known for his feature film Ajami that has won more than 15 awards worldwide to include the Camera d’Or Special Mention at the Cannes Film Festival and a nomination for the 82nd Academy Awards. His video art projects were exhibited worldwide at venues such as Herzliya Museum, Nachum Gutman Museum, The Israeli Center for Digital Art, b_tour Foothold Festival, Redding Art Fair 5 and the Oslo Kunstforening Art Gallery, among others. Copti was part of the team that launched the Doha Film Institute where he headed the Education department; he led the Film and New Media program at NYU Abu Dhabi from 2014 to 2017. Currently, Copti is teaching filmmaking at NYUAD and developing his next feature film Happy Holidays.