James' Journey to Jerusalem
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South African actor Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe stars as a devout Christian who becomes part of Tel Aviv's migrant force after making a pilgrimage from his African village to the Holy Land in director Ra'anan Alexandrowicz's cinematic look at the contrast between hypocritical Western values and cultural Israeli divisions. After embarking on a religious journey to the Holy Land in a quest to find spiritual fulfillment, James (Shibe)'s subsequent involvement with the impoverished migrant workforce finds his religious journey sidetracked by an increasing desire to give his wealthy… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 90%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"A pointed and funny allegory about a clash of values."
‑ Eric Harrison, Houston Chronicle
"An engaging and poignant film, one that could only be done by an insider."
‑ Marta Barber, Miami Herald
"Story of a devout Zulu Christian who makes a pilgrimage to Israel, only to discover that it is more like hell than heaven."
‑ Louis Proyect, rec.arts.movies.reviews
"A deceptively gentle social satire brimming with likable performances and smart humor."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"Alexandrowicz manages to express most of his ideas without getting too heavy-handed, and the low-key tone is refreshing -- not just the humor but also the characterizations and story developments."
‑ Jeff Vice, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
"This darkly comic parable wonderfully contrasts modern corruptions against simple Christian faith."
‑ Roger Moore, Orlando Sentinel
"A fluid and often funny morality tale."
‑ Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer
"A personal film that examines unabashedly the previaling mores in contemporary Israeli society"
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of those disarming little films like No Man's Land that touches and amuses, all the while sneaking up on you with a message that lingers."
‑ Jean Lowerison, San Diego Metropolitan
"A gentle and moving parable."
‑ Sean Means, Salt Lake Tribune
"A sly and insightful fable about a religious pilgrimage derailed."
‑ Carla Meyer, San Francisco Chronicle
"Searing little parable."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It works as a message movie about the evils of capitalism, but could have been a much richer film if it ever strayed off message."
‑ Rob Thomas, Capital Times (Madison, WI)
"Plain and human and profoundly warmed by the appealing James of Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe."
‑ David Elliott, San Diego Union-Tribune
"An intriguing fable."
‑ Marjorie Baumgarten, Austin Chronicle
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