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ARAB LABOR

The story of one man’s identity crisis which has become a poignant and hilarious snapshot of a nation!

Winner of ten Israeli Academy Awards from 2011 - 2013 including Best Comedy, Best Director and Best Screenplay

Arab Labor is a ground-breaking and courageous comedy-drama series which addresses the sensitive issue of the Arab-Jewish cultural divide in Israel, with unadulterated wit and humor.

The series, created by Sayed Kashua, an Israeli-born Palestinian journalist, recently wrapped its fourth season on Keshet Broadcasting, and has attracted an average audience share of 34% across all seasons. 

Amjad is an Arab journalist who writes for a successful Israeli newspaper. His being an Arab and his desire to be part of Israeli society are in constant conflict. Bushra, his wife, is the voice of reason that tries to bring Amjad back in synch with reality. She is a smart, opinionated woman, and has none of the identity issues her husband does. Amjad’s father, Abu Amjad, a retired government worker, is an opportunist who tries to turn any event into a profit-making exercise. Amjad’s friend and partner at the paper is Meir, a charming, charismatic bachelor in search of a serious relationship. He takes on the role of being Amjad’s guide to Israeli society.

The show marked an Israeli television milestone as the first program to present Palestinian characters speaking Arabic in primetime. While the show admittedly garnered mixed reactions, it brought about a healthy open debate and an increased understanding of perspectives on both sides, within the peaceful context of popular culture.

"…A groundbreaking TV Show that finds humor in sharing a homeland."
The Chicago Tribune, 2007
"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, 2008
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KEY INFORMATION

Genre: Comedy

Created by: Sayed Kashua

Directed by: Shay Capon

Produced by: Paran Productions for Keshet Broadcasting

Duration: Season 1 - 11 X 30’; Season 2 - 13 X 30’; Season 3 - 10 x 30’; Season 4 - 10 x 30’

Available as series/format

KI Sizzle Reel 2016 from Keshet International on Vimeo.

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