Live And Become (Va, vis et deviens)

Live And Become (Va, vis et deviens)

Live And Become (Va, vis et deviens)
'Live And Become' covers a largely un-reported event in history, and a hefty ol' bundle of themes and weighty issues. But, they "never overwhelm us because we're simply watching one boy's story".

In 1984 Sudan, refugees await their fate. Israel is secretly airlifting the Ethiopian Jews (descended from Solomon and the Queen of Sheeba) 'home'. A desperate Christian mother encourages her young son (Agazai) to fake Jewishness and escape, telling him to "go, see and become".

His odyssey in Israel is astonishing. Renamed Schlomo, adopted by a liberal French-Israeli couple (Abecassis and Zem) and tutored by an African rabbi (Edgar), he grows into a complex teen (Abebe) and then a man (Sagahat) who understands the weight of his opportunities and secrets. [Shadows]
2006Rating: M, contains low level violence149 minsFrance, Belgium, Israel, ItalyAmharic / Hebrew / French with English subtitles
Drama

Live And Become (Va, vis et deviens) / Reviews

The Guardian

The Guardian

Brave, moving and compassionate, Live and Become deals boldly, yet sensitively, with issues crucial to our times...

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

Although it's a touching and powerful meditation on culture, history and identity and an extremely interesting insight into a fortten slice of recent history, it's less than truly memorable...

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BBC

BBC

LOFTY INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE... Emotive and politically astute...

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