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James' Journey to Jerusalem

In the imaginary village of Entshongweni, very far from western civilization, the young James is chosen to undertake a mission - a pilgrimage to holy Jerusalem

india Updated: Oct 11, 2003 00:29 IST
PTI

Director: Ra'anan Alexandrowicz
Cast: Siyabonga Melongisi Shibe
87mins/Colour/2003/35mm

In the imaginary village of Entshongweni, very far from western civilization, the young James is chosen to undertake a mission - a pilgrimage to holy Jerusalem.

But Israel is no longer the Holy Land that James and his people imagined. At the airport, James is suspected of trying to infiltrate the country in order to work illegally. He is jailed and destined for deportation.

Inside the dark cell, as James prays to God to allow him to complete his mission, a miracle occurs. A mysterious stranger posts bail for him. But it soon becomes clear that James' freedom has come at a price - his saviour is a manpower agent, who rescues illegal migrant workers in exchange for employing them in hard labour jobs.

From then on, James' journey to Jerusalem turns into an unpredictable journey through the cruel heart of our economic system. With good teachers, a bit of luck and some lateral thinking, James learns the tricks of the game and plays it towards an inevitable end.

First Published: Oct 11, 2003 00:29 IST