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CAPERNAUM NC16
Advisory: Some Coarse Language and Drug ScenesDirector: Nadine Labaki
Cast: Genre: Drama
Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shifera, Treasure BankoleDuration: 2hr 6minsLanguage: In Arabic with English subtitles

2019 Oscar nominee
Best Foreign Language Film

2018 Cannes Film Festival
Grand Jury Prize Winner


Capernaum ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult" fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son Yonas, being jailed for a violent crime, and finally, seeking justice in a courtroom.

CAPERNAUM was made with a cast of non-professionals playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own. Following her script, Director Labaki placed her performers in scenes and asked them to react spontaneously with their own words and gestures. When the non-actors' instincts diverged from the written script, Labaki adapted the screenplay to follow them.

Although set in the depths of a society's systematic inhumanity, CAPERNAUM is ultimately a hopeful film that stirs the heart as deeply as it cries out for action.