Directed by Amos Gitai
An Official Selection at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival, Kedma is renowned Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai's (Kippur, Kadosh) powerful drama about a group of European Jewish refugees who arrive at Palestine in the critical year of 1948. Carried on the deck of the freighter Kedma, they come ashore to find not the Promised Land of milk and honey, but a war-torn desert in the bloody throes of transformation into the state of Israel. Rescued from a British army ambush at beachside by Palmach Jewish guerillas, the Kedma's ragged refugees are remade into soldiers expected to offer their lives to defend a nation that does not yet exist in a land they've never known.
"Forget about the past if you want to survive" declares Rosa, a Russian Jew who endured Siberian imprisonment. With no common language and only the clothes on their backs, Rosa, Yiddish-speaking teenager Menachem, and Lodz ghetto escapee Janusz form a desperate fellowship as they follow their rescuers into battle. The chaos of a war for independence may be the only thing that can at last sever the ties that bind the Kedma's passengers to the tragic memories of a Europe they will likely never see again.
Kedma is both a journey to survival and a chronicle of rebirth. As Rosa and her fellow Europeans engage Arab resistance and elude British pursuit, they transform from exiles to insurgents and from Jews to Israelis. Directed by Gitai in a near documentary realist style, Kedma is an intimate epic of "overwhelming passion" that "tells you all you need to know about why this war still wages on with no end in sight." (Time Out New York)
"Combines brutal cinema verite, with passages of poetry. A tough, anguished reconstruction of an episode in the founding of Israel." A. O. Scott, The New York Times
"Amos Gitai’s visionary re-imagining of his country’s birth" ★ ★ ★ Â½ Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice
- Official Selection Cannes Film Festival
Interested in bringing Kedma to your school or library? If you'd like to have an in-class viewing, on-campus screening, or purchase the DVD for your library's collection, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880 with your request.
Kedma may also be available with Public Performance Rights (PPR) and Digital Site Licensing (DSL) for colleges and universities. To purchase the DVD with PPR or DSL, please contact Estelle Grosso at EDU@kinolorber.com or call (212) 629-6880. Click here to learn more at Kino Lorber Edu.
@QuadCinema' @ThePlaylist' Also opens Friday at' @jbfc_ny' in Pleasantville!
Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne's YOUNG AHMED opens this weekend at' @QuadCinema' before expanding to select cities:…' https://t.co/0NvLDMPy1D'
RT' @DVDBeaver': 1970's "Perfect Friday" Blu-ray - Ursula Andress' @KinoLorber' US:' https://t.co/Hz4Snuinnt' CAN:' https://t.co/2B014HSw82' OUR RE…
"After reading it, I realized how little I know about the war and about the role of women in the war." Kantemir Bal…' https://t.co/FUmcVmt2Tc'
RT' @BilgeEbiri': Seriously, this dude makes films like he's the last of the old masters. But he's a cheerful 28-year-old who grew up watchin…
RT' @BilgeEbiri': “When you don’t have doubt, you’re a complete idiot.” BEANPOLE is one of this year’s best films, and its young director, Ka…
RT' @oneweekfilmcast': Can you believe Parasite won Best Picture! We discuss the #Oscars and #Sundance, including Identifying Features, Minar…
For their New York opening, BACURAU directors' @kmendoncafilho' &' @jdornelles' have collaborated with' @FilmLinc' to ass…' https://t.co/xPqHnoSQoH'
RT' @FilmLinc': Mapping Bacurau, a series featuring handpicked influences by' @kmendoncafilho' &' @jdornelles', begins March 13 with films by Joh…
Inquiries & Press
333 W. 39th St., Ste. 503
New York, NY 10018
Tel. (800) 562-3330
Fax. (212) 714-0871
Press & Media
For publicity assistance and press inquiries please contact us by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 212-629-6880.