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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Interesting historically - a controversial but not good film
28 June 2004 | by (Frankfurt / Germany) – See all my reviews

I watched this movie on TV because of the interesting subject - the founding of Israel in 1948 or rather the immigration and war that preceded it. The film shows a group of survivors landing ashore in Palestine and their first steps in the new country. They bring all their bad history with them but are supposed to fight for their new country at once. The director raises the controversial issues of Jewish "ethnic cleansing" against the Arab population and Jewish feelings/deeds of revenge after surviving the holocaust. Unfortunately the effort is wasted on a very theatrical, sometimes dull film which was obviously made on a low budget. Also way too intellectual in my eyes, too.


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