Showed at Images 2/22/2019–2/28/2019

Starring: Zain al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

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Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film

Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival

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 and her baby son, Yonas, being jailed for a crime, and finally, seeks justice in a courtroom.

  • Director: Nadine Labaki
  • Rating: R
  • Runtime: 2 hours 6 minutes
  • Genre: Drama

“A sprawling tale wrenched from real life, goes beyond the conventions of documentary or realism into a mode of representation that doesn’t quite have a name. It’s a fairy tale and an opera, a potboiler and a news bulletin, a howl of protest and an anthem of resistance.”

– New York Times