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Kedma -- An Official Selection at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, KEDMA is renowned Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's (Kippur, Kadosh) powerful drama about a group of European Jewish refugees who arrive at Palestine in the critical year of 1948. Carried on the deck of the freighter Kedma, they come ashore to find not the Promised Land of milk and honey, but a war-torn desert in the bloody throes of transformation into the state of Israel. Rescued from a British army ambush at beachside by Palmach Jewish guerillas, the Kedma's ragged refugees are remade into soldiers expected to offer their lives to defend a nation that does not yet exist in a land they've never known.


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22 May 2002 (France) See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Andrei Kashkar ... Yanush
Helena Yaralova ... Rossa

Yussuf Abu-Warda ... The Arab Man
Moni Moshonov ... 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
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Merzei Kumkin
Igor Mirkukhanof
Veronica Nicole ... Hanka
Blair Pootnoi
Uzi Rosenblat

Directed by
Amos Gitai 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Amos Gitai 
Mordechai Goldhecht 
Haim Hazaz  novel
Ghassan Kanafani  uncredited
Marie-Jose Sanselme 
Taufik Zayad  poem

Produced by
Valerio De Paolis .... co-producer
Amos Gitai .... producer
Marin Karmitz .... producer
Gadi Levy .... consulting producer
Alain Mamou-Mani .... producer
Michel Propper .... co-producer
Michael Tapuah .... co-producer
Laurent Truchot .... producer
Original Music by
David Darling 
Manfred Eicher 
Cinematography by
Giorgos Arvanitis 
Film Editing by
Kobi Netanel 
Casting by
Ilan Moscovitch 
Production Design by
Eitan Levi 
Costume Design by
Laura Dinolesko 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Raanan Tesler .... assistant director (as Ranaan Tessler)
Sound Department
Philippe Amouroux .... sound re-recording mixer
Nicolas Becker .... foley artist
Alex Claude .... sound designer
Israel David .... sound effects editor
Cyril Holtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Denis Jaillet-Marsigny .... sound mix technician
Michel Kharat .... sound recordist
John Purcell .... dialogue editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Adi Borkin .... best boy
Noam Eisenberg .... key grip
Berdougo Michael .... gaffer
Floris Sybesma .... Steadicam operator
Floris Sybesma .... camera operator
Other crew
Alona Barer .... production coordinator
Nicolas Girard Deltruc .... production coordinator
Sari Turgeman .... script supervisor
Marc Weitzmann .... advisor: screenplay

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100 min
Color (Fujicolor)
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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...See more »


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3 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Shows the tragedy both Israelis and Palestinians face, 10 December 2004
Author: das417 ( from Beaverton, OR

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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