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Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh
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Release Date:
8 January 2004 (Israel) See more »
During his journey to Jerusalem young James learns the meaning of being Israeli. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)
Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe ... James

Salim Dau ... Shimi Shabati
Arieh Elias ... 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
Yael Levental ... Immigration Officer
David Nabegamabo ... Pastor
Pascal I. Newton ... Job
Becki Osterzetzer
Yael Parter
Michael Reizel
Baruch Sasson
Gregory Tal ... Feda

Directed by
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz  writer
Sami Duenias  writer

Produced by
Tzipory Bar Yosef .... line producer
Amir Harel .... producer
Original Music by
Ehud Banai  (as Ehud Banay)
Noam Halevi 
Gil Smetana 
Cinematography by
Shark De Mayo 
Film Editing by
Ron Goldman 
Casting by
Orit Azoulay 
Marina Van Tonder (casting director: South Africa)
Production Design by
Amir Pick  (as Amir Dov Pick)
Costume Design by
Maya Barsky 
Makeup Department
Alona Keller .... assistant makeup artist
Orly Ronen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Gal Kalfus .... production coordinator (as Gal Kalpos)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shabtai Yitzhak .... first assistant director
Art Department
Uri Aminov .... set dresser (as Ori Aminov)
Shimi Baruch .... assistant production designer
Keren Ben-Shem .... property master
Ziv Cohen .... assistant production designer
Beni Dagan .... assistant production designer
Yossi Elbaz .... set dresser
Ronen Freidman .... assistant production designer
Amnon Laufer .... assistant production designer
Ido Nadav .... assistant production designer
Amit I. Ron .... assistant production designer
Micha Sela .... assistant production designer
Ran Shlezinger .... assistant production designer
Sound Department
Israel David .... dolby mixer
David Lis .... dolby mixer
Ronen Nagel .... sound designer
Gil Toren .... dolby mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Avner Ben-Natan .... gaffer
Idan Or .... assistant camera
Choresh Wald .... key grip
Other crew
Claire Viroulaud .... press attache

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh" - Israel (original title)
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91 min | France:90 min (Cannes Film Festival) | USA:87 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.78 : 1 See more »
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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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1 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Wow!!! What a great surprise!, 25 March 2008
Author: spj-4 from Australia

I sat down to watch much anything on TV, but flicking across the dial, I found a classic!

A young man sets out on his "journey"!!! He tries to be fair & just & of integrity, in his innocence, in ALL of his dealings!!!

He shows compassion to those who think themselves his superiors!!! And anyone like him!!! He attempts to be fair to those who mistreat him!!!

Despite noting, even questioning, the irrational responses without logic, that his situations demand, unless he is willing to submit!!!

For his trouble, he finds himself a victim, even of his pastor & their followers, all claiming affiliation to this God he loves & is inspired by!!! He is honourable in his dealings! Reluctant in his defences! Heavenly in his inherent beauty of heart & mind & soul!!!

How much we should all be reminded of the integrity & substance of comment Jesus echoed across 2000 years & beyond, in "The Beatitudes", in his Sermon on the Mount!!!

Yet check out the contradictions posed for a genuine & loving, caring & compassionate servant, that Jesus would surely have had in mind as He spoke 60-100 generations prior, of the "downtrodden", the "heartbroken" & marginalised "outcast" "lepers" disrespected in their own integrity & commitment of faith!!!

So a young man, a modern day "Abraham" in his faith, ventures on despite misgivings & condemnation & "longsuffering" as was described as one of the 12 "spiritual gifts" of "The Holy Spirit"!!!

We should only NOT be surprised by how the hallowed hymns of his surrounding faithful flock in cheery scenarios, are manifest in a young man struggling with his despair yet exhilaration, in his ultimate journey into his beloved Jerusalem!!!

Thoughts here of the words of Jesus!!! Along the lines of "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How I have wanted to thrust my arms around you & embrace you!" One man foresaw these things!

Thoughts here of the words of Jesus!!! Along the lines of "Jerusalem! Jerusalem! How I have wanted to thrust my arms around you & embrace you!" One man foresaw these things! Another man dares to impart such wisdom into those be they friends, in front of his TV set, or enemies, who sought to act as only 'shrewd managers' of cleverness & slyness, without integrity, love, compassion & substance in their hard work or ongoing dealings!!!

So we find a TV set mid-film, as scenario for what is portrayed, that Jesus was up against!!! As a young man seeks to extend his TRULY Christian generosity of heart & mind & soul!!! Be it to his "family" or chance encounters or enemies!!!

Heartful generosity profoundly played out mid-film, in front of a hard-worked for TV set for him & his friends, in a neighbourhood of "white" justice where a "black" man throwing a double 6 by chance, on dice at backgammon, may be grounds for condemnation & lack of justice by the self-serving, NOT to be questioned!

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