Kedma [DVD] [2002]

Amos Gitai's drama about the formation of Israel, Kedma, makes its debut on DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. Supplemental materials include a filmography for the director, and a featurette that goes into greater detail about the history of the time period in which the film transpires. A still photo gallery rounds out this solid release that is worthwhile for fans of world cinema, as well as for history buffs.
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Special Features

  • Amos Gitai filmography (includes three trailers)
  • Stills gallery
  • "The History Behind Kedma"
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Enhanced for 16 x 9 TVs


Israeli filmmaker Amos Gitai directed this historical drama based on a true story of the conflict between Jewish refugees and Palestinians on the eve of the formation of the nation of Israel. On May 7, 1948, a freight ship, the Kedma, arrived on the coast of Palestine, carrying a load of Jewish refugees from Europe who had survived concentration camps in several nations. A few days later, the state of Israel would be created, but at the time, the passengers of the Kedma found themselves in the midst of a war, as they were greeted by British gunfire on one side, while on the other the Jewish underground army known as the Palmach stood by to defend them. The Palmach took many of the Kedma's refugees into hiding, while the rest were given weapons and asked to fight alongside the Palmach against the British and Palestinians. Over the next several days, the Palestinians and their British allies find themselves fighting with the Palmach soldiers and the Jewish refugees while interacting with one another as both sides realize how close and how far away they truly are. The cast includes Roman Hazanowski, Menachem Lang, Juliano Mer, Yussef Abu Warda, and Andrei Kashkar. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

Cast & Crew

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    Andrei Kashker - Yanush
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    Helena Yaralova - Rossa
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    Yussuf Abu-Warda - The Arab
  • Moni Moshonov
    Moni Moshonov - Klibanov
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    Juliano Mer Khamis - Moussa
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