“Why are you suing your parents?” “For giving me life.”
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki’s CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. CAPERNAUM follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child as he flees his negligent parents, survives through his wits on the streets, takes care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil (Yordanos Shiferaw) and her baby son, Yonas (Boluwatife Treasure Bankole), being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.
“A wonderfully complex and rich coming of age story that doesn’t sugar coat the reality of life for those on the fringes of society.” – Rosalynn Try-Hane
“Alrafeea is a revelation as the energetic, foul-mouthed Zain, beautifully delivering spontaneous energy that feels as though its plucked right off the streets moments before the cameras roll.” – Jordan Ruimy, The Playlist.