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Directed by Radu Mihaileanu

France, Belgium, Italy, Israel

Released: 2005

Hebrew, French, Amharic

140 minutes

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.




Live and Become



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

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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