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Set seven days before the creation of the state of Israel in 1948, a small rusted ship with a group of survivors from Shoah is welcomed to the new territory by the shooting of British troops trying to forbid them from disembarking and by the shooting of the Jewish secret army who has come to help them. Only a small group actually succeeds in landing on the beach, to experience their first hours in Palestine.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 31%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"For all its provocation, Kedma is an often dull, incoherent film, and its characters remain frustratingly sketchy."
‑ Stephen Holden, New York Times
"Apesar do ritmo irregular e dos personagens mal delineados, oferece uma visão complexa e polêmica sobre o longo conflito entre judeus e árabes, o que me leva a recomendá-lo."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"While minimalist in its presentation, the film becomes nearly operatic in its intensity."
‑ Ken Fox, TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A pedestrian, unexciting drama."
‑ Shlomo Schwartzberg, Boxoffice Magazine
"Mesmerizingly bad filmmaking."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Seems slow and aimless for half of its running time, but the last stretch is riveting and thought-provoking."
‑ Kevin N. Laforest, Montreal Film Journal
"Gitai has made a quirky film about the origins of the state of Israel that provides insights into the source of present day Israeli-Palestinian conflict."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"This poor-man's 'Exodus' brings to life the struggle of an illegal shipment of Jews to Palestine just weeks before the declaration of the State of Israel."
‑ Harvey S. Karten, Compuserve
"The characters prove nothing more than patchy sketches and the drama simply evaporates."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"The film's "message" treated with such a heavy hand, that it'd almost be manipulative - if it weren't ultimately boring."
‑ Leslie Katz,
"Whether you agree with Gitai's views or not, the film's flaws make watching Kedma an unpleasant chore."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
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