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Amos Gitai
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Kedma is a introspective dramatic film about two Jewish refugees heading to Palestine on the eve of the creation of the state of Israel. With its passengers still reeling from the chaos and tragedy they experienced in the Holocaust, the Kedma, a ship carrying a group Jewish survivors from a concentration camp in Shoah, lands on the shores of Palestine after the war, with its inhabitants hoping to make a home. But they are met with hostility from British and Palestinian forces, fired upon in an attempt to prevent them leaving the ship. Caught in the midst of this are Yanush (Andrei Kashkar) and Rossa (Helena Yaralova), two young Jewish refugees seeking to find reason amongst the chaotic events. As the fighting continues, some of group are taken away to safety while others are asked to to take up arms and fight. But the real monumental events occur seven days after their arrival when the state of Israel is created, leaving Yanush, Rossa, and the others confused and bewildered, with a violent and unwelcome world awaiting them. Amos Gitai directs this daring film, discussing the monumental and controversial creation of Israel in 1948.moreless

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  • 50

    New York Daily News Elizabeth Weitzman

    Has the stilted, slightly surreal feel of a stage piece. Sometimes it works, but too often it doesn't.

  • 40

    Variety Derek Elley

    A largely dull history lesson…stripped of any backgrounding, peopled with archetypes rather than fully-drawn characters, and features self-consciously arty direction that gets in ...

  • 30

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    But for all its provocation, Kedma is an often dull, incoherent film, and its characters remain frustratingly sketchy

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