Movie

Capharnaüm

Nadine Labaki
Filmhuis De Zwarte Doos
Price: € 3.50 (Student) € 7.50 (Others)
Reservations via Natlab: 040-2946848

A Lebanese boy sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "adult".

Drama
Nadine Labaki, Libanon 2018
Language: Arabic, English subtitles
 
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.

“social-realist blockbuster” ***** Telegraph

“Heartbreaking and Defiant” NY Times

Ticket reservation: call Natlab (040 2946848), or buy your tickets at the cash register that opens one hour prior to the start of the movie. Payment is only by PIN (with Maestro, so not with Visa or Mastercard).