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Still shot from the movie: Live and Become.

Live and Become

When the Israeli government sends a convoy into the Sudan dessert to bring back their Ethiopian bothers, the invitation is extended only to those of the Jewish faith. Unfortunately, Schlomo (Moshe Agazai) and his mom (Meskie Shibru Sivan) are Christians. Realizing this rescue mission is the only hope of escape from the deplorable refugee camp, the desperate mother lies about their religion and send her son anyway, praying he will be given a chance to Live and Become. Get the movie review and more. »


Overall: B+
Violence: C
Sexual Content: C+
Language: D
Drugs/Alcohol: B+
Run Time: 140
Theater Release: 30 Nov 2005
Video Release: 30 Dec 2008
MPAA Rating: Not Rated
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Why Is Live and Become Rated Not Rated?

The life and death realities of a refugee camp set the backdrop for this movie about a young boy, sent to Israel, and told to lie about his parentage and religion. The backsides of some naked children in a shower are shown. The practice of circumcision is mentioned, and later a Rabi about to perform this procedure is seen holding a scalpel. Characters discuss the atrocities they’ve faced, which includes starvation, depravation of water, murder, rape and mob violence. Fistfights and a beating are depicted, one where a character sustains a bloody wound. A young man accepts an invitation from a prostitute, who sits on his lap and undoes his shirt. A married couple kisses passionately, and then later exchanges some sexual remarks when they crawl into bed together. Some social drinking is portrayed. A few mild profanities and two extreme sexual expletives are used.

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