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Capernaum

"Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki brings an undeniable emotional pull to this harrowing portrait of a poverty-stricken child's fight to survive in the slums of Beirut." - Rolling Stone

Oscar-Nominated: Best Foreign Language Film. Capernaum is an absolute heartbreaker about children in peril and the plight of undocumented people. The Grand Jury Prize winner at Cannes 2018 and nominee for Best Foreign Language Feature at the Oscars, this starkly humane drama represents bravura filmmaking by director/co-writer Nadine Labaki. She’s the Lebanese filmmaker whose Where Do We Go Now? won TIFF’s People’s Choice Award in 2011.

“Featuring a cast of mostly non-professional actors, Capernaum is titled for the biblical town where Jesus Christ is said to have performed miracles. The word also mean 'chaos' in some translations of the screenplay, which is in Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles.

“The film follows the streetwise and increasingly daring exploits of 12-year-old Zain, played by Syrian refugee Zain Al Rafeea. With tousled hair and big brown eyes both sad and defiant, he has a face out of Italian neorealism and the heart of a lion.

“Labaki’s filmmaking intentions are compassionate, not exploitative. She, like Zain, is looking for miracles and common humanity in a city that seems to have lost both.” - The Toronto Star

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