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Capernaum

Rafeea, a non-professional actor and Syrian refugee, is the film’s secret weapon. At times, the tragedy unfolding on screen feels borderline unwatchable, but his strange, fascinating, eerily adult face offers a litany of minute expressions. 
Simran Hans, Guardian

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Summary

Zain, a hardened, streetwise 12-year-old Lebanese boy scrambling to survive on the streets of Beirut, sues his parents for for the "crime" of giving him life – having brought him into such an unjust world, where being a refugee with no documents means that your rights can easily be denied.

 

Details

Director
Nadine Labaki
Cast
Zain Al RafeeaYordanos ShiferawBoluwatife Treasure BankoleNadine LabakiKawthar Al HaddadFadi Kamel YoussefCedra IzamNour el HusseiniAlaa ChouchniehJoseph JimbazianSamira ChalhoubFarah Hasno
Genres
Drama
Country
Lebanon
Language
Arabic
Duration
126min
Release Year
2018

Review

Rafeea, a non-professional actor and Syrian refugee, is the film’s secret weapon. At times, the tragedy unfolding on screen feels borderline unwatchable, but his strange, fascinating, eerily adult face offers a litany of minute expressions. 

Awards

Jury Prize
Cannes Film Festival

 

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