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Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh (2003)

Unrated | | Comedy, Drama | 8 January 2004 (Israel)
During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe ...
James
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Shimi Shabati
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Sallah Shabati
Sandra Schonwald ...
Racheli Shabati
Hugh Masebenza ...
Skomboze
Florence Bloch ...
Re'uma
Ya'akov Ronen Morad ...
Police Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moly Ashkenzi
Yitzchak Batal
Yehuda Cohen
Yonatan Dani
Yenbar Grayfe
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Immigration Officer
David Nabegamabo ...
Pastor
Pascal I. Newton ...
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In the imaginary village of Entshongweni, very far from western civilization, the young James is chosen to undertake a mission - a pilgrimage to Holy Jerusalem. But Israel is no longer the Holy Land that James and his people imagined. At the airport, James is suspected of trying to infiltrate the country in order to work illegally. He is jailed and destined for deportation. Inside the dark cell, as James prays to God to allow him to complete his mission, a miracle occurs. A mysterious stranger posts bail for him. But it soon becomes clear that James' freedom has come at a price - his savior is a manpower agent, who rescues illegal migrant workers in exchange for employing them in hard labor jobs. From then on, James' journey to Jerusalem turns into an unpredictable journey through the cruel heart of our economic system. With good teachers, a bit of luck, and some lateral thinking, James learns the tricks of the game and plays it towards an inevitable end. Written by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz

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James utazása Jeruzsálembe  »

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$7,875 (USA) (5 March 2004)

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$63,768 (USA) (21 May 2004)
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At one point during the movie, James is wearing a t-shirt that says (in Hebrew) "Jerusalem 2000". See more »

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Jerusalem
Performed by Marry Kuzi and Kate Asner
Lyrics by Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Music by Ghanaian Folk
Translation and Text Adaptation: Ben Kuzi
Produced by Pascal I. Newton
Arrangements: Ehud Banay, Gil Smatana & Noam Halevi
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One of Israel's cinema culture top movies.
11 April 2006 | by (Israel) – See all my reviews

"The Adventures of James in the Holy Land" ("James' Journey to Jerusalem") is one of the best movies made in Israel I ever saw, if not the greatest. You may see this movie from your point of view, but I'll tell you about the movie in the original point of view, a point of view of someone from Israel. The movie tells the sad and comic story of James, who made the long trip from his tribe in Africa to Israel, to see the holy city of Jerusalem. But when James arrives, he discovers he's a victim of a recent problem nowadays in Israel - they believe he's lying and that he just want to illegally live and work in Israel. So James ends in the jail, until Shimi Shabati, son of Sallah Shabati (Who had, in the 50's, his own movie, and would be a main character in the movie), comes and takes him to a shelter in Tel-Aviv where he'll receive a job. I won't tell anymore, but I'll tell that the movie is a wonderful movie where an African who spend his life in a tribe and believe in a better world, would discover the real world, and see with his bare eyes that it wasn't what he was expecting, while having to decide if he prefers the holy city, or the money.

No doubt about it - a 10.


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