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Directed by: Amos Gitai
100 Minutes, 2002, Drama

Set seven days before the creation of the state of Israel in May 1948, a small rusted ship, carrying a group of concentration camp survivors, is met in Palestine by aggressive British troops. The secret Jewish army attempts to help the survivors, but only a small number make it to land. Tired and hungry, the hopeful immigrants must immediately take up arms against the Arabs. They thought they had escaped a war—but then were drafted into another. Unspoken truths from both sides explode in the violent and tragic ensuing conflict.

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Director: Amos Gitai

Producer: Amos Gitai

Producer: Marin Karmitz

Producer: Alain Mamou-Mani

Producer: Laurent Truchot

Cast: Juliano Mer

Cast: Tomer Ruso

Cast: Veronica Nicole

Cast: Yussef Abu-Warda

Written By: Amos Gitai

Written By: Mordechai Goldhecht

Written By: Marie-Jose Sanselme

Distributor: Kino International


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

Ken Fox, TV Guide

"Israeli auteur Amos Gitai's visionary re-imagining of his country's birth in 1948."

-Leslie Camhi, The Village Voice

*Won - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Costume*Nominated - Israeli Academy Awards - Best Art Direction, Best Sound, Best Supporting Actor (Yussef Abu-Warda)*Nominated - Bangkok International Film Festival - Golden Kinnaree Award*Nominated - Cannes Film Festival - Palme d'Or*Won - Sao Paulo International Film Festival - Critics' Award*Won - Louisville Jewish Film Festival - Award for Best Film