Capernaum

May 13th, 2019

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Our fourth film of the Spring 2019 Reel Movie Mondays season, CAPERNAUM screens May 13, 2019 at Carnival Cinemas

Capernaum

Directed by Nadine Labaki, Rated 14A
Lebanon | 120 minutes | Arabic w/ English subtitles, Mongrel Media

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About the Film:

Nadine Labaki (Where Do We Go Now?, Caramel) has crafted some of the most indelible depictions of Lebanese life in contemporary cinema. At once gritty and perceptive, Labaki’s latest film is her finest yet, a dive into Beirut’s lower depths as viewed through the eyes of an imperilled child.

Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is only 12, but he’s seen enough of this life to resent his very existence. With numerous children to care for, his parents resort to some inventive scams, such as saturating garments with tramadol, which they then pass along to Zain’s incarcerated brother who reconstitutes the drug and sells it to fellow prisoners. More alarmingly, Zain’s parents have sold his 11-year-old sister’s hand in marriage, which prompts Zain to run away. He befriends an Ethiopian cleaning woman, whose baby he eventually becomes guardian to. But life on the streets offers Zain fewer and fewer places to hide. Encouraged by a current affairs program seeking to draw attention to child poverty, Zain files a lawsuit against his parents for giving birth to him. The trial provides the frame through which Zain’s story unfolds.

Named for a town on the Sea of Galilee where Jesus was said to have healed the sick, Capernaum reveals a world in which desperation is constant and the innocent appear forsaken. Our best hope lies in kids like Zain, whose spite is easily matched by his resourcefulness, and whose story Labaki relays with toughness, empathy, and bold cinematic vision.

“While this is unquestionably an issue film, it tackles its subject with intelligence and heart.” —Jay Weissberg, Variety

Principal Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Nadine Labaki

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