In May 1948, shortly before the creation of the State of Israel, hundreds of immigrants from across Europe arrive in Palestine--only to risk arrest by British troops.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrei Kashkar ...
Yanush
Helena Yaralova ...
Rossa
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The Arab Man
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Klibanov
Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
Moussa (as Juliano Mer)
Menachem Lang ...
Menachem
Sendi Bar ...
Yardena
Tomer Russo ...
Milek
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Gideon
Roman Hazanowski ...
Roman
Dalia Shachaf ...
Dalia
Keren Ben Rafael ...
Isha (as Karen Ben Raphael)
Sasha Chernichovsky ...
Sacha
Rawda Suleiman ...
Jaffra
Gal Altschuler ...
Ygal
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Storyline

Set seven days before the creation of the state of Israel in May 1948, a small rusted ship, with a group of concentration camp survivors from Shoah, is received at the new territory with open hostility. They are met by British troops, who are shooting at them, and are trying to forbid them from disembarking. As well, the survivors are met with guns blasts being shot by the Jewish secret army, who has come to help them. Only a small group actually succeeds in landing on the small beach, where they are able to experience their first hours in Palestine. Tired and hungry, the hopeful emigrants have then to follow the Jewish forces to immediately take up arms against the Arabs. Unspoken truths from both sides explode in the violent and tragic conflict. Written by Sujit R. Varma

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22 May 2002 (France)  »

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Kedma verso Oriente  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$1,722 (USA) (7 February 2003)

Gross:

$8,963 (USA) (21 February 2003)
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Yanush: We don't have history, this is the fact. I don't know how to say this in Hebrew. But this is what it is. Our history is the way it is because of the Christians. We didn't want it be like this. We don't want it this way ever. They forced this on us,and we can't help it. Because of this, I am telling you, I'm against this. But I didn't say anything. She didn't exist because of me. You may find it hard to imagine that I am so intensely against this. I'm really disgusted. Think about it, what have ...
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This Movie Could Put An Insomniac To Sleep
16 August 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

This movie is perhaps the slowest and most boring film I have ever seen. It is a pretentious attempt by Amos Gitai to remake Israel's national birth myth in his slow and artistic style. However, this time he fails miserably. From the opening scene that takes 10 minutes before anyone even opens their mouth the the closing speeches that are so melodramatic that they don't at all fit in with the otherwise painfully realistic piece, the movie is a disaster all the way through. In addition to its plodding style and one dimensional characters the movie is rife with factual errors. It mention fictional ghetto revolt, depicts the British army as a weak and unmotivated school marching band that speaks in American accents and seems to condense an entire year of war and struggle into one day. This movie is both a horrible depiction of Israeli history and a disastrous piece of entertainment and I would only recommend it to those who are in desperate need for a long sleep. Please do not see this embarrassment of a movie unless forced to by a man with a large gun.


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