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thumbnail Capharnaum (2018 Lebanon)

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Director:  Nadine Labaki
Starring:  Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Genre: Drama
Duration:  123 mins

The title refers to the ancient city on the Sea of Galilee whose name is now a stand-in for anarchy and disorder. Lebanese filmmaker Nadine Labaki takes to the slums of Beirut to follow the plight of Zain, a 12-year-old boy doing five years in jail for stabbing a so-called “son of a bitch”. The boy had lived with his parents, Souad and Selim in an apartment of unadulterated squalor, where Zain and his siblings were regularly used to sell drugs. Their business turns to human trafficking when the couple decide to sell Zain’s 11-year-old sister, Sahar, to their landlord Assadd. The price is a few chickens. The sorrow inherent in this tale would be unbearable without the film’s flashes of humor and performances by a cast of nonprofessionals that are moving beyond measure.

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