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by Radu Mihaileanu


1984: Thousands of Africans from 25 countries die of starvation or end up in camps, in Sudan. On a decision from Israel and the United States, an operation is carried out which consists in bringing thousands of Jews from Ethiopia to Israel. A Christian mother encourages his child to claim he is Jewish so as to escape from death and starvation. The child, registered as an orphan, is adopted in Tel-Aviv and grows up with the fear that his lie should be discovered. Neither a Jew, nor an orphan, only black.

international title: Live and Become
original title: Va, vis et deviens
country: France, Italy, Israel, Belgium
sales agent: Films Distribution
year: 2005
genre: fiction
directed by: Radu Mihaileanu
film run: 140'
release date: FR 30/03/2005
screenplay: Radu Mihaileanu, Alain-Michel Blanc
cast: Roschdy Zem, Yaël Abecassis
cinematography by: Rémy Chevrin
film editing: Ludo Troch
art director: Eytan Levy
costumes designer: Rona Doron
music: Armand Amar
producer: Marie Masmonteil, Denis Carot, Radu Mihaileanu
production: Elzevir Films, Oï Oï Oï Productions (FR), Cattleya (IT), Transfax (IL), K2 Productions
backing: Centre du Cinéma et de l'Audiovisuel de la Communauté française de Belgique et des Télédistributeurs wallons


main awards/selection

Berlinale 2005 Panorama - Audience Award; Label Europa Cinemas; Ecumenical Prize

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