James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004)
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 employers an unanticipated run for their money. … More
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Critic Reviews for James' Journey to Jerusalem
This darkly comic parable wonderfully contrasts modern corruptions against simple Christian faith.
An engaging and poignant film, one that could only be done by an insider.
A fluid and often funny morality tale.
Story of a devout Zulu Christian who makes a pilgrimage to Israel, only to discover that it is more like hell than heaven.
A personal film that examines unabashedly the previaling mores in contemporary Israeli society
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.
A deceptively gentle social satire brimming with likable performances and smart humor.
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.
Plain and human and profoundly warmed by the appealing James of Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe.
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.
There's genuine tragedy in watching James tumble down the spiritual ladder from missionary to mercenary... Shibe plays the arc beautifully.
Audience Reviews for James' Journey to Jerusalem
[font=Century Gothic][color=blue]"James' Journey to Jerusalem" is about a young pilgrim, James, from a small village in Africa on a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. On the way, he is detained at the airport in Israel under suspicion of seeking work. He is freed by a corrupt customs official to work in the employ of Shimi. James is surprised to find Israel a secular, materialistic state.[/color][/font]
[font=Century Gothic][color=#0000ff]"James' Journey to Jerusalem" is a thoughtful and occasionally poignant movie. It sidesteps stereotypes to present a story about capitalism and the state of immigration in Israel(also covered in "Alila" and "Yana's Friends" but here racism is added into the mix). I thought it did a better job of showing the adjustments to a new society than "Lost Boys of Sudan" did. It is also helped by strong central performances. [/color][/font]
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