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Live and Become

Directed by Radu Mihaileanu

France-Israel-Belgium-Italy | 140 minutes | 2005

Hebrew, French, Amharic with English subtitles

The magnificent, epic story of an Ethiopian boy who is airlifted from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 during Operation Moses. Shlomo is plagued by two big secrets: He is neither a Jew nor an orphan, just an African boy who survived and wants, somehow, to fulfill his Ethiopian mother’s parting request that he “go, live, and become.” Buoyed by a profound and unfaltering motherly love — both in his memory and in the arms of his adoptive mother — he ultimately finds an identity and a happiness all his own.
Foreign Title Va, vis et deviens
Director Radu Mihaileanu
Countries of Production France-Israel-Belgium-Italy
Year of Presentation 2005
Language(s) Hebrew, French, Amharic with English subtitles
Premiere Status
Runtime 140 minutes
Principal Cast Yaël Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai

Winner of the Audience Award at the Berlin International Film Festival

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