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Capernaum
Capernaum
Release date
22nd Feb 2019
Running time
2hrs 6mins
Director
Nadine Labaki
Cast
Nadine Labaki, Yordanos Shifera, Zain Alrafeea

Capernaum

15 cinema age rating film certificate  

12-year-old Zain hasn’t had it easy. After running away and living rough, he’s decided the time has come for those responsible to see justice – his parents. Academy Award nominated Capernaum is a powerful and emotional tribute to human resilience and stars a cast of non-professionals portraying characters who follow similar lives to their own, including Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, and Kawsar Al Haddad.

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12-year-old Lebanese child Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is used to surviving by his own means, using his courage and wit to get by. Growing up in Beirut, he’s known nothing but misfortune, with his poverty-stricken family always struggling to make ends meet.

But when his parents make the deplorable decision to marry off his younger sister, who is still only a child, he decides to flee his neglectful parents and take to the road. After all, his life can’t get any worse can it?

While searching for a job at the fairground, he comes across an Ethiopian woman (Yordanos Shiferaw) working illegally, with a young son. After befriending the woman, Zain begins to care for and grow close to her little boy, Jonas.

As Zain struggles to survive, he finds himself on the wrong end of the law. While stuck in a jail cell, he has time to reflect on his traumatic childhood and decides to sue those truly responsible for his daunting circumstances – his negligent parents…

Nadine Labaki directs this Oscar nominated Lebanese drama, starring a cast of non-professionals, playing characters whose lives closely parallel their own, including Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw and Kawsar Al Haddad. Capernaum is a moving, powerful and emotional tribute to human resilience in the face of hardship.


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