CAPERNAUM by Nadin Labaki

Rarely have I encountered a film that has shaken me to the core! Capernaum by Nadine Labaki is one of a very few. It is truly mind-blowing in its content and impact. A MUST-SEE!!!

Capernaum won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival and follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child, as he flees his negligent parents. He survives on the streets through his wits while taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son, Yonas. After being arrested and put in jail, Zain finally seeks justice against his parents in court for the “crime” of giving him life. The actors were all recruited from the streets & slums of Beirut. The twelve-year-old Syrian refugee who plays the main character, Zain, is superb and his performance reaches deep down into your heart. On a scale of one (1) to ten (10), I give CAPERNAUM a solid twelve (12) because it goes beyond cinema and impacts social change. Inshallah!