Live and Become opens in theaters in Boston October 6! Details and more cities here
|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 opens in theaters in Boston October 6 – WEST NEWTON THEATER. 1296 Washington St, West Newton, MA 05465 -for more info please call (617) 964-6060.
SPECIAL ENGAGEMENTS: Lead actor Sirak Sabahat will speak after every screening opening weekend!
LIVE AND BECOME | by Ed Scheid ****
Starring Yael Abecassis, Roschdy Zem, Moshe Agazai, Mosche Abebe and Sirak M. Sabahat. Directed and written by Ra-du Mihaileanu. Produced by Denis Carol, Marie Masmonteil and Radii Mihaileanu. A Menemsha release. Drama. Aramaic-, Hebrew- and French-language; subtitled. Not yet rated. Running time: 144 min.
“Live and Become” received a rare standing ovation at the Telluride Film Festival, evidence of the emotional power of a remarkable journey of discovery. The film centers on the plight of Ethiopian Jews, called Falashas, forced to flee to Sudanese refugee camps for relief from persecution and famine. In 1984, “OperÂation Moses” begins the airlift of Falashas to Israel. A Christian woman in a refugee camp wants a better life for her nine-year-old son (Moshe Agazai). She orders him to pretend to be Jewish so he can be airÂlifted out. After a poignant silent glance with the boy’s mother, a Falasha woman whose son has recently died takes the boy’s hand as she boards the plane to Israel. She names him Schlomo and passÂes him off as her own son. But in Israel, the adopted mother dies.
Agazai gives Schlomo a face full of sadness as he yearns for his mother back in Africa. Schlomo is mystified by life in Israel, which is radically different from anything he had ever known. He is adoptÂed by a liberal Israeli couple, Yael (Yael Abecassis) and Yoram (Roschdy Zem), with two children. Yael becomes a fiery defender of Schlomo against the prejuÂdices he faces as he begins a new life. Schlomo must create a new identity while facing hostility as a black immigrant and always fearing discovery as a non-Jew. His struggles are extremely affecting. In the distinctive cast, non-professionals seamÂlessly mix with accomplished actors while “Live and Become” builds to an unforgetÂtable final image.