Kedma (2003)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: February 7, 2003
DVD Release Date: May 11, 2004
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Stephen Holden
New York Times

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

Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

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.

Ken Fox
TV Guide

While minimalist in its presentation, the film becomes nearly operatic in its intensity.

J. Hoberman
Village Voice

Mesmerizingly bad filmmaking.

Kevin N. Laforest
Montreal Film Journal

Seems slow and aimless for half of its running time, but the last stretch is riveting and thought-provoking.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

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.

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The characters prove nothing more than patchy sketches and the drama simply evaporates.

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Leslie Katz

The film's "message" treated with such a heavy hand, that it'd almost be manipulative - if it weren't ultimately boring.

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Daniel Eagan
Film Journal International

Whether you agree with Gitai's views or not, the film's flaws make watching Kedma an unpleasant chore.

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