James' Journey to Jerusalem

2003, Drama, 1h 30m

42 Reviews 500+ Ratings

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Young James (Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe), who grew up in a village sheltered from the outside world, embarks on a journey to the Holy Land, but almost immediately finds himself jailed at an airport. When he seems headed for deportation, he is rescued by an agent (Salim Dau) who makes money sponsoring illegal workers for the worst possible jobs. Luckily, James soon meets some kinder souls who encourage him to better himself. But in doing so, will he forget the Holy Land?

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  • Mar 19, 2007
    Extremely well done independent foreign cinema from Israel. Every single aspect, from direction and plot to acting and development, should be appreciated as much as good as it results. Have an open mind and a pacient soul, and you should have no problem at all. 79/100
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  • May 11, 2005
    [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][/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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