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Arab Labor - Season 4


General Information

Israel, 2013 | TV Fiction, 10 X 24 min, | Video
Director: Shay Kapun
Producers: Daniel Paran, Yonatan Paran, Dori Media Paran

Created by: Sayed Kashua and Daniel Paran

 

About Season 4

As the fourth season opens, Amjad and Bushra discover that they are about to become parents for the third – and positively unplanned – time. Bushra is confined to bed rest, and Amjad finds himself torn between his pregnant wife, his family, and his new career as a political media consultant.

The social protest will play a guest-starring role in the show as well. Amjad mistakenly joins the leaders of the “tent protesters" in Jerusalem. Meir and Amal go through financial hardships and are forced to part with their comfortable apartment in Jerusalem and move to East Jerusalem.

 

About Arab Labor


Created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, Arab Labor (translated from the Hebrew "Avoda Aravit" which colloquially implies "shoddy or second-rate work") focuses on Amjad, a Palestinian journalist and Israeli citizen in search of his identity as he seeks high status in the society into which he was born but where his car is searched everyday when he drives from his neighborhood to his job at a newspaper in Jerusalem.

Poking fun at the cultural divide, Kashua and his characters play on religious, cultural and political differences to daringly depict the mixed society that is Israel. This show marked a milestone on Israeli television as the first program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic on primetime. Arab Labor has generated great controversy between Arab and Israeli media and Link TV is premiering the program to the US television audience in order to offer a fresh perspective on Israeli-Palestinian cultural friction while presenting an unbelievably entertaining show that has made an international splash.

 

Awards and Festivals

Awards:

Best Comedy Director, Israeli Academy Awards for Television 2014
Best Comedy Script, Israeli Academy Awards for Television 2014

 

Festivals:

Greenberg Library, Canada, December 2014
Other Israel Film Festival, USA, November 2014
Duke University Library, June 2014
Yale University Library, June 2014
Michigan State University, May 2014
Berlin Jewish Film Festival, April 2014

Seattle Jewish Film Festival, March 2014

San Diego Jewish Film Festival, February 2014

San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 2013

 

Credits

Director: Shay Kapun
Producers: Daniel Paran, Yonatan Paran, Dori Media Paran Created by: Sayed Kashua and Daniel Paran

Cast: Norman Issa, Clara Khoury, Mariano Idelman, Mira Awad, Salin Dau

Original Language: Hebrew and Arabic

Subtitles: Hebrew and English

 

Quotes

" Kashua has managed to barge through cultural barriers and bring an Arab point of view into the mainstream of Israeli entertainment."
-The New York Times

 

"…a groundbreaking TV Show that finds humor in sharing a homeland."
-The Chicago Tribune

 

"ARAB LABOR is no longer a dismissable anecdote, a "pet Arab" created to sooth our conscience... It is a phenomenon! With three seasons on the strongest broadcast channel, and a fourth upcoming season, with rave reviews and a supportive audience, ARAB LABOR is an integral part of Israeli TV comedy, and this cannot be taken for granted".

The City Mouse

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