Va, Vis et Deviens (Live and Become) (Ethiopia, Miscellaneous: 2005)


Radu Mihaileanu

Cast list

Yaël Abecassis - Yael
Roschdy Zem - Yoram
Moshe Agazai - Schlomo enfant
Moshe Abebe - Schlomo adolescent
Sirak M. Sabahat - Scholmo adulte
Yitzhak Edgar - Le Qès Amara
Roni Hadar - Sara
Rami Danon - Papy
Mimi Abonesh Kebede - Hana – la mere Juive Ethiopienne
Meskie Shibru Sivan - La mère de Schlomo
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Writers: Alain-Michel Blanc (collaborator on screenplay), Radu Mihailean

Produced by: Denis Carot, Marco Chimenz. Yoram Globus, Genevieve Lemal, Alexandre Lippens


In this film, a young Ethiopian boy is taken from a Sudanese refugee camp to Israel in 1984 in an American-Israeli rescue in Operation Moses. Stuck with his dual secret that he is neither Jewish or an Orphan, Shlomo has to reconcile his old life with the new as he finds himself in the radically different world of Israel and Judaism. Motherly love from his memories and the woman who is his step-mother keeps Shlomo moving forward to find within himself his identity once again.


Holden, Stephen, “Digging for Truth in a Life That’s Built Upon a Lie.” The New York Times (Online)

French, Phillip, “Live and Become.” The Observer (Online)

Academic Articles:

“Live and Become.” By Ali Jaafar. Sight & Sound 16.2 (2006): 70. “Living under the shadow of racism; LIVE AND BECOME”. The Evening Standard (2005), pp. 29

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