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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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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Sirak M. Sabahat, the actor who plays Schlomo as an adult, is an Ethiopian Jew who immigrated to Israel during a later evacuation called Operation Solomon. How do you think his personal experience may have affected the way he played this role?

Why do you think the character of Schlomo wanted so desperately to hold onto his Ethiopian roots? How does his adoption into a white Jewish family both help and hinder that desire?

To learn more about Ethiopian Jews and Operation Moses, check out the following websites:




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