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Ajami
An insider's dramatic take on the city of Jaffa plus Ken Loach and King Eric.
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2009 10:08 GMT

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The Ajami neighbourhood of the city of Jaffa in Israel is a melting pot of cultures and conflicting views among Jews, Muslims and Christians.  

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The film Ajami, which won a special mention of the Camera d'Or (for best first feature) at the recent Cannes Film Festival, depicts it as a community of restless bedfellows: Palestinians working illegally, organised gangs, drug traders, Bedouin revenge squads, corrupt Jewish police, clandestine lovers and a Christian Arab godfather.

All are vividly played by a cast of non-professionals who are actual Ajami residents.

Ajami packs a fierce punch from the start, opening on a mistaken revenge murder and its consequences.

Co-directors, producers and writers Scandar Copti, a Palestinian resident of Ajami, and Yaron Shani, an Israeli Jew, join Amanda Palmer and the FPS audience for a Q&A session about this unique new film.

Looking For Eric

British director Ken Loach, the multi-award-winning master of social realism, turns his talents to a light-hearted Mancunian comedy-drama in Looking for Eric, which co-stars the legendary French footballer Eric Cantona.

The film follows the plight of Eric Bishop (Steve Evets), a down-and-out postman desperate to reunite with his first ex-wife. 

Life is not going the way he had planned. His only emotional consolation, being an avid Manchester United fan, is to talk to the poster of his idol, "King Eric".

In steps Cantona, playing himself, as Eric's imaginary friend and guru, ready to kick-start his life down a more positive path.

Amanda Palmer speaks to Loach, along with Loach's long-time collaborator, writer Paul Laverty, plus Evets and, of course, Cantona, the footballer-turned-actor who tells how one real-life fan-turned-friend became the inspiration for the film.  

At Stake

One of the most talked-about films at this year's Berlin Film Festival, At Stake is a shocking new documentary about the deplorable state of women's health care in Indonesia. 

Despite Indonesia's increasingly modern image, unmarried women are denied access to gynaecological care – and 90 per cent of Indonesian girls still undergo some form of circumcision.

At Stake presents candid, depressing interviews but also a darkly funny hidden-camera sequence.


This episode of The Fabulous Picture Show aired from Thursday, June 18, 2009.

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