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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Andrei Kashkar ...
Yanush
Helena Yaralova ...
Rossa
Yussuf Abu-Warda ...
The Arab Man
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Klibanov
Juliano Mer-Khamis ...
Moussa (as Juliano Mer)
Menachem Lang ...
Menachem
Sendi Bar ...
Yardena
Tomer Russo ...
Milek
Liron Levo ...
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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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  »

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

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$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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Amos Gitai's latest controversial interrogation of his nation's history.
19 November 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

Opening with a virtuoso and near-wordless sequence, set in May 1948, in which surviving European Jews arrive by boat in Palestine, eight days before the creation of the state of Israel, the provocative and often controversial Gitaï's latest interrogation of his nation's history and challenging contemporary reality focuses on one of its key originating moments. As the passengers look to disembark, they are shot upon by British troops intent on stopping them, and caught up in the retaliatory fire of the Jewish secret army, seeking to aid their arrival. Proceeding to follow the immigrants on their first steps in the 'promised land', Gitaï casts a considered but unflinching eye over the founding conceits of his country. Putting the issue of territory centre-screen, and given undoubted extra resonance by the current situation in the Middle East, it's also telling about British imperial responsibility in the region. However, at its heart is a personal and communal story, of displacement, anticipation, endurance and comradeship, wide in its appeal and generous, while demanding of all sides, in its understanding.


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