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Israel, 2013 | TV Fiction, 10 X 24 min, | Video
Created by: Sayed Kashua and Daniel Paran
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.
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.
Awards and Festivals
Best Comedy Director, Israeli Academy Awards for Television 2014
Greenberg Library, Canada, December 2014
Seattle Jewish Film Festival, March 2014
San Diego Jewish Film Festival, February 2014
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 2013
Director: Shay Kapun
Cast: Norman Issa, Clara Khoury, Mariano Idelman, Mira Awad, Salin Dau
Original Language: Hebrew and Arabic
Subtitles: Hebrew and English
" Kashua has managed to barge through cultural barriers and bring an Arab point of view into the mainstream of Israeli entertainment."
"…a groundbreaking TV Show that finds humor in sharing a homeland."
"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