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Massa'ot James Be'eretz Hakodesh (2003)

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

Credited cast:
Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe ... James
Salim Dau ... Shimi Shabati
Arieh Elias ... Sallah Shabati
Sandra Schonwald Sandra Schonwald ... Racheli Shabati
Hugh Masebenza Hugh Masebenza ... Skomboze
Florence Bloch ... Re'uma
Ya'akov Ronen Morad Ya'akov Ronen Morad ... Police Officer
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Moly Ashkenzi Moly Ashkenzi
Yitzchak Batal Yitzchak Batal
Yehuda Cohen
Yonatan Dani Yonatan Dani
Yenbar Grayfe Yenbar Grayfe
Yael Levental ... Immigration Officer
David Nabegamabo David Nabegamabo ... Pastor
Pascal I. Newton Pascal I. Newton ... Job
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Storyline

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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Comedy | Drama

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Israel

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Hebrew | English | Zulu

Release Date:

8 January 2004 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

James utazása Jeruzsálembe See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv, Israel

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$7,875, 7 March 2004, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$63,768, 23 May 2004
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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At one point during the movie, James is wearing a t-shirt that says (in Hebrew) "Jerusalem 2000". See more »

Soundtracks

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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Food for thought
22 March 2004 | by ellaviSee all my reviews

I really liked this film because it exposed something we Israelis don't like to bring out into the light: the negative consequences of not being a fryer. I think that in Israel, people are just so focused on not being taken advantage of that they often don't think about how they themselves pimp others. I also found it fascinating how James listened to Mr. Salah's bad advice and Mr. Salah listened to James' bad advice, (which led to unhappiness for both) out of trust in one another. It was really interesting that no Israeli/Palestinian politics entered the arena--it's impossible to live life in Israel without being highly sensitive to the political situation, and as such most Israeli films touch upon it in some way or another. I liked how this one didn't, though because I think that beyond Israeli/Palestinian issues, there are a lot of other problems Israeli society faces and often overlooks. Definitely a film with an important statement about being Israeli.


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