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(2008) 84% (%) 2) and Become&st=Search * * * * "See my profile for the key to this code" * * * * SYNOPSIS: "Based on the exodus of Ethiopian Jews to Israel, "Live and Become" is a harrowing and poignant look at the struggles of cultural and personal identity. In 1985, Operation Moses was launched to airlift thousands of persecuted Ethiopian Jews (known as Falashas) from Sudan to Israel. When a Falasha widow's son dies, she smuggles a Christian boy with her to ensure his survival. Guilt-ridden at leaving his real mother behind, the boy--renamed Schlomo--is soon orphaned when his Jewish guardian dies. A smart but rebellious student, Schlomo finds a stable home with an adoptive French-Israeli couple. The secular couple encourages his Jewish faith while defending him against the prejudices of their neighbors and the Israeli state. But Schlomo's deception only deepens when he falls for Sarah, a white Jew, and must contend with her racist father. When he and Sarah marry years later, Schlomo must come clean about his identity if he is to find his place in the world and fulfill his mother's wish: "Go. Live and become."" CONSENSUS: "Mihaileanu's story of an Ethiopian orphan's struggles overcomes an inflated length and script problems to explore universal issues of racial and religious identity." MOTIVATION FOR ME TO SEE: It sounds like another story of a world I know so little about. The RT scores clinched it for me. MY THOUGHTS: Schlomo's adolescence is all about how he stands out from his "racist" classmates; the country may have legislated that black Jews were going to find a new, better home in Israel, but people's prejudices can't be legislated. The same with their acceptance of others from the Jewish Diaspora (Russian Jews, etc). Striking parallels with the U.S.'s coming to terms with immigrants since the late 1800's (Irish, Italians, Asians, Latinos, etc.), that Operation Moses was no more successful in many people's minds than our own Declaration of Independence ("All men are created equal..."). [New purchase by HCL]
posted Jun 22, 2009 at 6:19PM
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