General Information

Israel 2013, Fiction, 84 min

Director: Adi Adwan
Production: Itai Tamir

"Arabani offers many beautiful and moving moments portraying a closed community with strict traditions which has only rarely been featured in cinema." Neta Alexander, Haaretz



Arabani is a slang word that combines Hebrew and Arabic. Yoseph is a Druze who returns to his native village after having been estranged from it for 17 years. He arrives with his son and daughter, whose Jewish mother he has just divorced, and plans to settle down in this small Druze village. That decision leads to friction within the closed, conservative Druze community and also with his mother Afifa, who accepts him and his children as part of her family. The friction stems from the fact that to be a real Druze, both parents must be Druze. Despite the problems and difficulties, Smadar, Yoseph's daughter, unexpectedly finds love.


Awards and Festivals


Best Screenplay in a Full-Length Feature at the Jerusalem International Film Festival 2013



Bangalore IFF, India, January 2016

Dhaka IFF, Bangladesh, January 2016

Religion Today Film Festival, Italy, October 2015

Auroville International Film Festival, India, September 2015
Houston Jewish Film Festival, USA, March 2015
East Bay Jewish Film Festival, USA, March 2015

Jewish Public Library Montreal, January 2015
Limmud UK, Dember 2014
Australia Jewish Film Festival, December 2014
UK Jewish Film Festival, November 2014
MAHJ Paris, November 2014
Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, November 2014
IMAJ- Israeli FF Belgium, October 2014
Silicon Valley Jewish Film Festival, October 2014
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival, July 2014
Duke University Library, June 2014
Toronto Jewish Film Festival, May 2014
Prishtina International Film Festival , April 2014
Palm Beach International Film Festival, April 2014
Washington Jewish Film Festival, February 2014
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival, February 2014
International Film Festival of Kerala, December 2013
Black Nights Tallin International Film Festival, November 2013

Other Israel Film Festival, November 2013

Jerusalem International Film Festival, July 2013

Cinema South Festival - Opening film, June 2013



Director: Adi Adwan
Producer: Itai Tamir
Produced with the help of: Gesher Multicultural Film Fund, the Israel Film Council, Other Israel film festival, Rabinovich Fund
Screenplay: Adi Adwan
Cinematographer: Ziv Berkovich
Editor: Or Ben David
Sound Designer: Michael Goorevich
Music: Assif Tsahar
Production Designer: Maha Haj Asal
Line Producer: Tony Copti
Casting: Bar Hadas


Eyad Sheety
Daniella Niddam
Tom Kelrich
Zuhaira Sabbagh
Shadi Mari
Lucy Aharish

Original Language: Arabic and Hebrew




Jury Statement (from the Jerusalem IFF): The film followed a complex human drama as it simultaneously revealed aspects of an unknown culture to us—while respecting that culture's right to maintain its mystery



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