James' Journey to Jerusalem (2004)


Critic Consensus: A smart and funny social satire about modern-day 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 employers an unanticipated run for their money.


Critic Reviews for James' Journey to Jerusalem

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (17)

A pointed and funny allegory about a clash of values.

Aug 20, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

This darkly comic parable wonderfully contrasts modern corruptions against simple Christian faith.

May 21, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

A sly and insightful fable about a religious pilgrimage derailed.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

An engaging and poignant film, one that could only be done by an insider.

May 14, 2004 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

A fluid and often funny morality tale.

Apr 29, 2004 | Rating: 3/4

Searing little parable.

Apr 2, 2004 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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][/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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