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Live and Become

7.5
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Original title
Live and Become (Va, vis et deviens)
Year
Running time
148 min.
Country
France France
Director
Screenwriter
Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc
Music
Armand Amar
Cinematography
Remy Chevrin
Cast
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Producer
Co-production France-Israel-Belgium-Italy
Genre
Drama | Immigration. Adoption
Synopsis / Plot
1984. Hundreds of thousands of Africans from twenty-six countries hit by famine amass in refugee camps in Sudan. Israel and the United States undertake a huge rescue operation (Operation Moses) to transport thousands of Ethiopian Jews (Falashas) to Israel. A mother of Christian faith makes her nine-year-old son pretend he’s Jewish so as to save him from famine and death. The child arrives in the Holy Land. Declared an orphan, he’s adopted by a French Sephardic family who live in Tel Aviv. He grows up fearing that his double lie and secret will be revealed: neither Jewish, nor orphan, he’s simply black. He discovers love, Western culture, and Jewish faith along with racism and war in the Occupied Territories. He becomes Jewish, Israeli, French and Tunisian – a true Tower of Babel. But he never forgets his real mother, who remained behind in a camp and who he secretly and stubbornly dreams of finding again one day.
Awards
2005: César Awards: Best Screenplay. 4 nominaciones
2005: Berlin: Audience Award, Award Europa Cinemas
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