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Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh
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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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One of Israel's cinema culture top movies. See more (12 total) »


  (in credits order)
Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe ... James

Salim Dau ... Shimi Shabati
Arieh Elias ... Sallah Shabati
Sandra Schonwald ... Rachel
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
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Directed by
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ra'anan Alexandrowicz  writer
Sami Duenias  writer

Produced by
Amir Harel .... producer
Gal Kalfus .... assistant producer
Original Music by
Ehud Banai 
Noam Halevi 
Gil Smetana 
Cinematography by
Shark De Mayo 
Film Editing by
Ron Goldman 
Casting by
Orit Azoulay 
Marina Van Tonder 
Art Direction by
Amir Pick 
Set Decoration by
Uri Aminov 
Yossi Elbaz 
Costume Design by
Maya Barsky 
Makeup Department
Alona Keller .... makeup artist
Orly Ronen .... key makeup artist
Production Management
Tzipory Bar Yosef .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Shabtai Yitzhak .... first assistant director
Art Department
Shimi Baruch .... assistant production designer
Keren Ben-Shem .... property manager
Ziv Cohen .... assistant production designer
Beni Dagan .... assistant production designer
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 art director
Sound Department
Israel David .... sound re-recording mixer
David Lis .... sound mixer
Ronen Nagel .... sound designer
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
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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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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
One of Israel's cinema culture top movies., 11 April 2006
Author: evilmax6 from Israel

"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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