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Time Out says

4 out of 5 stars
Radu Mihaileanu chronicles the tumultuous journey to adulthood of a Christian Ethiopian child after his desperate mother sneaks him onto a 1985 airlift ferrying thousands of Falasha—Ethiopian Jews—to the relative safety and comfort of Israel. Stripped of his name, language, religion and family, nine-year-old “Shlomo” is adopted by a secular Jewish family and grows up searching for his place in a world where appearances are everything. Though most effective in the scenes depicting Shlomo’s displaced childhood, the film builds to an emotional conclusion whose uplift is tempered by subtle ambiguity.
Written by Maitland McDonagh
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