7th February, 2019 (CTC)
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  • Director Nadine Labaki
  • Cast Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw
  • Duration 120 min
  • Rating CTC
  • Genre Drama
  • Participating Cinemas Chauvel Cinema, Palace Balwyn, Palace Brighton Bay, Palace Cinema Como, Palace Electric Cinema, Palace James St, Palace Norton Street, The Kino


Winner of the prestigious Cannes Film Festival Grand Jury Prize, Director Nadine Labaki’s (Where Do We Go Now?) critically acclaimed Capharnaum sees non-professional actors from displaced backgrounds playing out the narrative with poignantly moving authenticity.
After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy, sues his parents for giving him life. Zain’s large family live hand to mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school. When Zain’s 11 year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life. He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker, Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive.

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