The doctor thinks Zain is about twelve years old, but nobody knows for sure; he wasn’t registered at birth. And this is not the only pretty basic thing missing from the chaotic lives of Zain and his younger brothers and sisters: they also lack a habitable home, sufficient food, protection, love. So Zain takes his parents to court. His complaint: that they brought him into the world.

Using the court case as a framework, we learn how it came to this in two long flashbacks. In an energetic montage of observationally filmed scenes, Capharnaüm examines – in part through the problems of an ‘illegal’ Ethiopian cleaner who shelters Zain when he runs away from home – the fate of the large group of undocumented people trying to survive in and around Beirut. Street-savvy and wise beyond his years, the sad gaze of young lead Zain Al Rafeaa betrays his real-life experiences as a Syrian refugee in the Lebanese metropolis.

Winner BankGiro Loterij Audience Award, IFFR 2019.

Screenings

  • Thu 24 Jan Pathé 5
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  • Fri 25 Jan LantarenVenster 2
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  • Sat 26 Jan Pathé 1
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  • Mon 28 Jan Pathé 5
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  • Thu 31 Jan Cinerama 1
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International title
Capernaum
Filmmaker
Nadine Labaki
Country
Lebanon
Year
2018
Medium
DCP
Length
123’
Language
Arabic
Producer
Michel Merkt, Khaled Mouzanar
Production Company
Mooz Films
Sales
Wild Bunch
Writer
Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany
Cinematography
Christopher Aoun
Editor
Konstantin Bock, Laure Gardette
Production Design
Hussein Baydoun
Sound Design
Chadi Roukoz
Music
Khaled Mouzanar
Cast
Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad, Fadi Yousef, Haita 'Cedra' Izzam, Alaa Chouchnieh
Website
http://www.nadinelabaki.com