Director: Nadine Labaki
Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Runtime: 123 minutes
Country: Lebanon, USA
Language: Arabic (with English subtitles)
Set against the backdrop of the slums of Lebanon, the film centres on Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), approximately 12 years old — his parents don’t know his age — and already hardened from years of survival. Failed at nearly every turn by his family, Zain and his younger sister, Sahar (Cedra Izam), must contend with a variety of dangers, one of which is their parents. After they sell Sahar to try and make ends meet, Zain runs away, and he encounters other kindred spirits trying to maintain a sense of self in incredibly desperate circumstances. When Zain is imprisoned for stabbing someone, he launches a lawsuit against his parents for bringing him into such a grim world.
“Labaki chose the title "Capernaum" because the word was often used to mean "chaos" in French literature. That's precisely what she presents to us, with precious little relief in sight.” - Washington Post