Live and Become ()

Va, vis et deviens (original title)
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A Christian boy escapes to Israel from famine-stricken Ethiopia by pretending to be Jewish.


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Moshe Agazai ...
Schlomo enfant
Moshe Abebe ...
Schlomo adolescent
Sirak M. Sabahat ...
Schlomo adulte
Yitzhak Edgar ...
Le Qès Amara
Mimi Abonesh Kebede ...
Hana - la mère Juive Ethiopienne
La mère de Schlomo (as Meskie Shibru Sivan)
Yosi Alfi ...
Rabbin Talmud Tora (as Yossi Alfi)
Directeur internat (as Shmil Ben-Ari)
Le policier
Le traducteur
Tali enfant
Elias Nazich ...
Dany enfant
Talia de Vries ...
Tali adolescente
Tali adulte
Jonatan Regev ...
Dany adolescent
Dany adulte
Dor Shlosberg ...
Michael Leibovitch
Esti Elias ...
Fille discothèque
Avi Oriah ...
Le père de Sara (as Avi Oria)
Psychologue internat
Le fonctionnaire israélien 1 (as Avraham Selekter)
Le fonctionnaire israélien 2
Elad Atrakchi ...
Mahmoud Kadah ...
Shmuel Beru ...
Le docteur français (as Meir Swissa)
Elana Wondme ...
Petite fille
Mère petite fille (as Mehereta Baruch)
Menissan Solomon ...
Ethiopien israélien 1
Père palestinien
Gal Hoyberger ...
Rachel Melesa ...
L'infirmière de Natania
Itzak Tegenae ...
Emmanuel Ulli Laor ...
Directeur école
Eitan Glass ...
Rabbin internat
Avi Hadash ...
Professeur internat
David Smadar ...
Rabbin docteur (as Dudik Smadar)
Grand Rabbin
Ale Getao ...
Qès centre médical
Zoe Naveh ...
Mike (as Yossi Vassa)
Lascha Shimshoni ...
L'enseignante de l'école
Matan Franco ...
Adolescent Kibboutz 1
Jeune homme Kibboutz
Hen Koren ...
Adolescent Kibboutz 2
Ben Heinberg ...
Adolescent Kibboutz 3
Shimon Siani ...
Le garde du Kibboutz
Adir Bakala ...
Garçon télé
Fitum Ayela ...
Infirmier du camp
Kasanshe Worku ...
La mère de Schlomo - 20 ans après
Narrateur (voice)
Pierre-Jean Chérer ...
Reporter Guerre Golfe (voice) (as Pierre-Jean Cherer)
Hervé Pauchon ...
Reporter Soudan (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Self (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Student (uncredited)

Directed by

Radu Mihaileanu

Written by

Alain-Michel Blanc ... (collaborator on screenplay)
Radu Mihaileanu ... ()

Produced by

Denis Carot ... producer
Marco Chimenz ... producer
Yoram Globus ... associate producer
Genevieve Lemal ... associate producer
Alexandre Lippens ... associate producer
Marie Masmonteil ... producer
Radu Mihaileanu ... producer
Marek Rozenbaum ... producer
Giovanni Stabilini ... producer
Itai Tamir ... producer
Riccardo Tozzi ... producer

Music by

Armand Amar

Cinematography by

Rémy Chevrin

Film Editing by

Ludo Troch

Editorial Department

Miguel Bejo ... telecine dailies colorist
Coralie Boulay ... negative cutter
Séverine Cava ... assistant editor
Virginie Deroubaix ... post-production assistant
Catherine Le Mignant-Labye ... assistant editor
Laurent Pelé-Piovani ... assistant editor (as Laurent Pelé)
Marie Silvi ... positive cutter

Casting By

Esther Kling
Hila Yuval

Production Design by

Eitan Levi ... (as Eytan Levy)

Art Direction by

Yoel Herzberg

Costume Design by

Rona Doron

Makeup Department

Valérie Tranier ... key makeup artist

Production Management

Yacine Boucherit ... unit manager
Yorick Kalbache ... production manager
Saar Yogev ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Shaul Dishy ... co-first assistant director
Olivier Jacquet ... first assistant director
Elodie Roy ... third assistant director
Yaron Yarkoni ... third assistant director

Art Department

Yoav Dahari ... set designer
Amiram Lichter ... chief constructor
Nikolai Yosifov ... assistant property master
Frank Pitussi ... property master: Paris (uncredited)

Sound Department

Philippe Charbonnel ... sound recordist
Quentin Collette ... sound recordist
Mathieu Cox ... second sound re-recording mixer
Eric DeVos ... sound
Gert Janssen ... dialogue editor
Marion Lorthioir ... post-synchronization
Henri Morelle ... sound
Misha Spektor ... boom operator
Bruno Tarrière ... re-recording mixer
Olivier Thys ... assistant foley artist
Philippe van Leer ... foley artist

Visual Effects by

Hugo Arcier ... digital artist
Philippe Chotard ... i.t. manager
Nicolas Daniel ... video operator: Duboi
Séverine De Wever ... visual effects coordinator
Stephane Dittoo ... visual effects supervisor
Thomas Duval ... visual effects supervisor
Pierre Genin ... digital artist
Abdel Ali Kassou ... I/O manager
Frederic Medioni ... tracking artist
Cyril Pichard ... research & development
Aurore Rousset ... 3D animator
Daniel Trujillo ... compositing supervisor

Camera and Electrical Department

Stéphane Agostini ... electrician: France
Haim Asias ... Steadicam operator
Ilan Ben Odiz ... electrician
Amit Berlowitz ... still photographer
Adi Borkin ... best boy
Antonin Gendre ... key grip
Yoni Hamenachem ... still photographer
François Margolin ... still photographer: credits photos
Guy Ne'eman ... key grip
Yehuda Sar-Israel ... second assistant camera
Stephane Seybald ... electrician: France
Rami Siman-Tov ... focus puller
Daniel Solomon ... electrician
Alexandre Szabo-Fresnais ... assistant camera
Serge Valézy ... electrician: France
Adam Verete ... electrician
François-Xavier Walter ... grip
Gaby Weismann ... focus puller: second camera

Casting Department

Sonia Lila Tahallah ... casting associate

Music Department

Mathieu Coupat ... musician: piano
Nicolas Dautricourt ... musician: violin
Thomas Jamois ... music publisher
Vincent Joinville ... music recording engineer
Asen Kanchev ... music production manager
Thibault Leroy ... musician: violincello
Manuel Solans ... musician: violin
Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra-Sif 309 ... musician (as The Bulgarian Symphony Orchestra)

Script and Continuity Department

Sari Azoulay Turgeman ... script supervisor (as Sari Turgeman)
Olivia Bruynoghe ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Ilan Appel ... transportation captain

Additional Crew

Joshua Berman ... co-production supervisor
Regina Longo ... archival film researcher
Nathanaël Poupin ... legal and business affairs
Chloé Souchet ... production assistant


Sirak M. Sabahat ... special thanks
Peter Sehr ... thanks

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Plot Summary

In 1980 the black Falashas in Ethiopia are recognised as genuine Jews. In turn they are secretly carried to Israel. The day before the transport the son of a Jewish mother dies. In his place and with his name (Schlomo) she takes a Christian 9-year-old boy. Upon arrival this second mother dies. Schlomo is adopted by a good family but remains depressed until he secretly sends a letter to his real mother. From the beginning he experiences large and small racist difficulties. In his teens he and Sarah fall in love. Her father is an extreme racist. Schlomo tries to gain "real Jewishness" by winning a competition in Bible interpretation. No change of Sarah's father's attitude. Disappointed he goes to the police and reports himself as not being a Jew. But the police officer just gives him a scolding. "The newspapers are full of that stuff, the Falashas are no Jews. Now they begin to believe it themselves." His adoptive parents send him to France to study medicine. When he afterwards marries Sarah she loses her family and her status as a "white Jew". But he dares not tell her the truth until she becomes pregnant. She leaves him, but only because he had not trusted that she would love him as much anyway. His adoptive mother reconciles them. Sarah's first line when she returns: "Unbelievable what three mothers would do for you." But she makes a condition for returning: Schlomo must meet his real mother again. As a doctor he takes a job in the Ethiopian fugitive camp where she is still alive. Written by Max Scharnberg, Stockholm, Sweden

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Also Known As
  • Tichye VeTihiye (Israel, Hebrew title)
  • Vai e vivrai (Italy)
  • Go, See, and Become (World-wide, English title)
  • Live & Become (Canada, English title)
  • Live and Become (United States)
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  • 140 min
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Trivia Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »
Quotes Narrateur: They had been forgotten on their mountaintops, near Gondar. Yet, since the dawn of time, the Ethiopian Jews, known as the "Falashas", dreamed of returning to their homeland, the Holy Land, Jerusalem. With Israeli and U.S. Aid, a vast program was undertaken from November to January 1985 to transport the Ethiopian Jews to Israel. The Falashas were returned and finally recognized as descendants of King Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. The Israeli secret service carried out the operation on the sly, keeping it from the Mengitsu pro-Soviet regime who had prohibited their emigration. The Falashas walked from Ethiopia to Sudan, a Muslim country under Charia law. There, they had to hide their Jewish identity under pain of death In Sudan, planes awaited to take them to Israel. On the road, hundreds died of sickness, famine, exhaustion. Others were killed by bandits. In the 1980s, the Sudanese camps welcomed thousands of Africans from 26 countries who were prey to famine: Christians, Muslims, and clandestine Jews. The first secret airlift operation, known as "Operation Moses", saved 8,000 Ethiopian Jews. 4,000 died on the road between Ethiopia and Sudan, murdered, tortured or suffering from famine, thirst and exhaustion. Many children reached the Holy Land alone or as orphans.
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