• Production: Marie Masmonteil, Carot Denis, Rado Michelenko, Marek Rozenbaum
  • Starring: Zem Roschdy, Moshe Agazai, Moshe Abeba
  • Distributed By: Menemsha Films
  • Country: Israel
  • Language: Hebrew

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Live and Become

NarrativeOther | 2005 | 140 min.
Directed by: Rado Michelenko

The year is 1984, and thousands of Africans from 26 different countries are struck by famine and flee to camps in Sudan. Israel and the United States begin a joint initiative to airlift thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. Desperate to save her son from starvation and death, a Christian Ethiopian mother convinces her son to declare himself Jewish. Considered an orphan, the boy is adopted by a French Sephardi family that lives in Tel-Aviv. He grows up with the fear that his secrets and lies will be exposed: he is neither a Jew nor an orphan--only a little boy far from home.

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Critical Acclaim

“Live and Become” exerts a tidal pull. It makes you feel the weight of history, of populations on the move in a restless multicultural world. It makes you reconsider cultural assimilation, a process that may seem to be complete but whose underlying conflicts may never be fully resolved. - Stephen Holden, The New York Times

"Brave, moving and compassionate, Live and Become deals boldly, yet sensitively, with issues crucial to our times." - Philip French, The Observer

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