Kedma (2002)

 |  Drama, War  |  22 May 2002 (France)
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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 overview, first billed only:
Andrei Kashkar ...
Helena Yaralova ...
The Arab Man
Moni Moshonov ...
Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
Moussa (as Juliano Mer)
Menachem Lang ...
Sendi Bar ...
Tomer Russo ...
Liron Levo ...
Roman Hazanowski ...
Dalia Shachaf ...
Keren Ben Rafael ...
Isha (as Karen Ben Raphael)
Sasha Chernichovsky ...
Rawda Suleiman ...
Gal Altschuler ...


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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Release Date:

22 May 2002 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Kedma verso Oriente  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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


$8,963 (USA) (21 February 2003)

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1.85 : 1
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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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Shows the tragedy both Israelis and Palestinians face
10 December 2004 | by (Beaverton, OR) – See all my reviews

I like this movie in many ways, mainly because it's honest portrayal of the creation of modern day Israel, and what happened so that nation could be born. Kedma is a powerful story of triumph in terms of surviving the Holocaust, and the story of another tragedy of those who had to endure war and more loss.

The Palestinian situation is also well shown in an unbiased way. I was glad that their side of the story was shown; though by saying this I am not trying to be political. I am saying that in a war like this, both sides need to be heard to understand the tragedy of what was going on.

Is this a great movie? Yes and no. The story simply dragged in too many points, spending too much time describing characters and situations. I am sure this was the director's intent and it does serve the story somewhat. I knew this wasn't going to be an action movie, however I was expecting a bit more then brief rare lines and over dramatic philosophizing. Most of the movie just seemed to empty.

This would be a good movie for a class studying Israel. I would recommend it to anyone who has studied the history of the Jews and Israel.

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