A Film About Bedouin Life, Sans Cliches

Director Ami Livne recalls the trials of finding a convincing actor to play the lead in 'Sharqiya,' which opens this week.

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Kamel Najr, the protagonist in the film "Sharqiya," lives in one of the Bedouin shantytowns, officially called "unrecognized villages," in the Negev. Every day he comes home from work to a plywood shack with...