Arab Labor: Season 1
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Since Hebrew is my mother tongue, I had to watch.
The plot is about the trials and tribulations of Amjad, a journalist of Arab Israeli descent. The show's language is mainly Hebrew with Arabic and English interspersed throughout. In Israel the title Arab Labor, is akin to shoddy labor. It was/is used as a denigrating phrase for Arab capability.
The show is funny and full of heart. Amjad is torn between the respect he owes to his scheming "old fashion" father, and to his modern secular upbringing, which brings him closer in spirit to the modern secular Israelis. However, since he is an Arab, he does encounter bias in every turn. How his problems are handled, is the main crux of the plot, and they are handled with love and a great sense of humor.
I highly recommend this DVD to one and all.
When I say "Arab Labor" on LinkTV, I fell out of my chair laughing. I have been waiting for season one and now I shall have it! This is, far and away, one of the greatest sitcoms ever made. It's irreverent, yet playful. True, you need to know some history here and there to get some of the jokes, but it's very accessible comedy - if you don't mind reading along. I'll admit my Hebrew and Arabic aren't up to snuff, but the jokes do translate well enough for me to fall in love with them.
If you have no sense of humor, don't buy this. If you love it when sacred cows become hamburger, then this product is both kosher and halal.
Possibly the easiest thing you will ever be asked to do to better understand Jewish-Arab relations in Israel is watch "Avodah Aravit" ("Arab Labor" ). Television viewing is usually not hard work, but the show, which returned to Channel 2 on Saturday night, makes it effortless because it is blessed with all three of the ingredients required for a top-flight sitcom: excellent ensemble acting with characters we can care about, an infinitely rich subject, and great comic writing.
Three years after the first season was seen by more than a million viewers, with consistently high ratings among Jewish (but not Arab ) viewers, the season premiere thrust us right back into Amjad's world. Amjad (Norman Issa ), a token Arab reporter for a Hebrew newspaper, is repeatedly assigned to write features that only reinforce Jewish readers' stereotypes of Arabs as quaint. He is desperate to enjoy the comforts and freedoms taken for granted by his Jewish colleagues and to be accepted by Jews, but this impossible quest twists his soul into a pretzel.
Writing separates the best sitcoms from the dunghills of mediocrity and "Arab Labor"'s writing is not only first-rate, but, astonishingly, the work of one man. Sayed Kashua is a triple threat: He is the lone scriptwriter, he is a columnist for this newspaper and his recently released third novel, "Second Person Singular," earned flattering reviews. The tyranny of sitcom rules demanding three jokes per page dooms most scriptwriters to be tediously superficial, but Kashua produces scripts that are authentic, moving and funny as hell.Read more ›
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TV does not get better than this. I wish American TV would take a lesson.Published 7 months ago by Darla Heart
Fast subtitles. I Hope more seasons are out soon. I love hanging out with these people!Published 10 months ago by Louise
I love this show. How many of us want to be appreciated and admired! Amjad wants to raise his status from his rural beginnings to being a more sophisticated city dweller. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Lynn Vielbaum
This is one of the funniest seasons, filmed during a relative lull in the violence. Before the filming of the second season, the director said he would have to get darker, and he... Read morePublished 19 months ago by MikosMom
It is a smart, bitter seat look at the life of Palestinians who live in Israel and are Israeli citizens. Brilliant writing, great cast,good translation.Published 19 months ago by Ella
Well acted, fair minded (an equal opportunity offender), and thoroughly entertaining if you don't mind sub-titles. We love it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Hasan al-Basri
I too came upon this series on Link at my sister's home and immediately adored the characters. I'm Arabic and raised in the US but still hold strong my Arabic roots. Read morePublished 23 months ago by headdoc
Just not that engaging for me? Can't call it jewish seinfield Maybe lost in translation. Didn't work for me at allPublished 24 months ago by Jorgia Bordofsky
love being able to pause the show when I want to laugh my butt off! I watch on link tv and usually miss about 1/3 of the subtitles due to prolonged laughter!Published on December 10, 2013 by kathryn hashem