Live and Become


Film Info

Country France, Belgium, Italy, Israel
Language Hebrew, French, Amharic
Year of Release 2005
Running Time 140 minutes


Director Radu Mihaileanu
Writer Radu Mihaileanu
Writer Alain-Michel Blanc
Producer Denis Carot
Producer Marie Masmonteil
Producer Radu Mihaileanu


Yael Yael Abecassis
Yoram Roschdy Zem
Schlomo child Moshe Agazai
Schlomo teenager Mosche Abebe
Schlomo adult Sirak M. Sabahat



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.


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Box Office Magazine
"A remarkable journey of discovery."

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Sirak Sabahat: My Story
Lead actor Sirak Sabahat tells the story of his own migration from Ethiopia to the Promised Land - an amazing testimony of success and struggle.

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Los Angeles Times

"...Rewarding, rich in humor and warmth, and abuzz with the turmoil of juggling multiple identities that is a critical element of these cross-cultural times."

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Winner of 16 U.S. Film Festival Audience Awards!
Boston Jewish Film Festival
Washington DC Jewish Film Festival
Miami Jewish Film Festival
Atlanta Jewish Film Festival
Detroit Jewish Film Festival (Best Film, Audience Award)
San Diego Jewish Film Festival
Orange County Jewish Film Festival
Palm Desert Jewish Film Festival
Tampa Jewish Film Festival
Seattle Jewish Film Festival
Cleveland International Film Festival
Nashville International Film Festival
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival
Washington DC International Film Festival

Audience Award
Vancouver International Film Festival 2005

Winner - Best Screenplay
CESAR (French Academy Awards) 2005

Audience Award
European Cinema Award
Ecumenical Award
Berlin International Film Festival 2005

Golden Swan Award
Best Film, Best Screenplay
Copenhagen International Film Festival 2005

Jury Prize (Best Film)
Audience Award (Best Film)
Valenciennes Film Festival, 2005

Over 700,000 admissions in France

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