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Promised Land

Directed by: Amos Gitai
88 Minutes, 2004

The journey of young Estonian girls that are smuggled through Egypt to be auctioned off as prostitutes in Israel. We then see a border of barbed wire and a group of young women being led to the other side. This marks both the end and the beginning of their voyage, for all are Eastern Europeans destined to become part of the flesh trade, which clearly has a place in modern Israel. Their promised land is not a place of milk and honey, but instead quite the opposite: a sordid, anonymous, surreal non-place, where they are hustled and moved around like cattle, afforded little dignity, stripped of their individuality and sent out to pay their way.


Director: Amos Gitai

Producer: Michael Tapuach

Cast: Rosamund Pike

Cast: Diana Bespechni

Cast: Hanna Schygulla

Cast: Anne Parillaud

Cast: Alla An

Cast: Kristina Likhnyski

Original music: Simon Stockhausen

Cinematography: Caroline Champetier

Film Editing: Yann Dedet

Film Editing: Isabelle Ingold

Casting: Ilan Moscovitch