Real life is simply how you survive in a "God blessed, God damned" place. James’ Journey, depicts an Israel you will rarely see on television, or read about in the news. The Intifada is mentioned only in passing. This is a story of a young naive man’s pilgrimage to the Holy Land, Jerusalem; a journey which has been made by millions over countless years. However James, is a Black South African, and when he arrives in Israel, the authorities do not believe his story, and put him in prison. Languishing in his cell awaiting deportation, James sees everything as a test of his faith, because he is that rarest of things a ‘true believer’. His prayers are seemingly answered, when the affable "Mr Shimi" arrives and gets him released. For James this is a sign from God, but in reality the test of his faith has only just begun. Shimi throws James into a world of ‘Gummi’, cleaning and doing hard labour on the Israeli black market. He is forced to live in a squalid house with illegal economic migrant workers from Eastern Europe and Africa. From here he must gamble his way out.