Academy Award nominee for Best Foreign Film, Nadine Labaki’s Capharnaüm is a heart-wrenching drama that follows the misadventures of 12 year old Zain as he fends for himself and a baby named Yonas on the streets of Beirut.
After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy sues his parents for giving him life. Zain’s large family live hand-to-mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school, but when Zain’s eleven year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life.
He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby which forces him to increasingly desperate measures to survive.
Director Nadine Labaki cast non-professional actors from displaced backgrounds similar to their characters, resulting in authentic and extraordinary performances.
Director: Nadine Labaki
Writers: Nadine Labaki (screenplay), Jihad Hojeily (screenplay)
Stars: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole