Kedma (film)

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Directed by Amos Gitai
Produced by Marin Karmitz
Amos Gitai
Written by Mordechai Goldhecht
Amos Gitai
Starring Andrei Kashkar
Helena Yaralova
Yussuf Abu-Warda
Moni Moshonov
Juliano Mer-Khamis
Music by David Darling
Manfred Eicher
Cinematography Giorgos Arvanitis
Edited by Kobi Netanel
Distributed by Celluloid Dreams
Release date
May 22, 2002
Running time
100 minutes
Country Israel
Language Hebrew

Kedma is a 2002 Israeli film directed by Amos Gitai and starring Andrei Kashkar and Helena Yaralova. It was entered into the 2002 Cannes Film Festival.[1]


The film is a historical tragedy set during the opening stages of Israel's 1948 War of Independence. The film follows the fate of a group of refugees from the Holocaust who are illegally brought to Israel by the Palmach. When they arrive, they are chased by British soldiers. Once they escape, they are immediately drafted into the war, and take part in a grueling battle against Arab irregulars. The film centers on two long monologues, one by an Arab peasant who pledges to oppose the Jews forever; and one by an emotionally demolished refugee who laments the seemingly endless suffering of his people. Gitai intended the film to be a more realistic answer to the romanticized depiction of the war in Otto Preminger's Exodus. The final shot of Kedma is identical to the final shot of Preminger's film.


  1. ^ "Festival de Cannes: Kedma". Retrieved 2009-10-24. 

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