2018. Lebanon/USA. 120 min. Arabic. Subtitled.
Director: Nadine Labaki. Featuring: Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Nadine Labaki, Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Fadi Yousef.
Named after the town where Jesus was said to have healed the sick, Capernaum exposes the ongoing issue of child endangerment within Lebanese society. Zahid, a 12-year-old boy already under a five-year sentence for stabbing someone, sues his parents for bringing him into a world in which they could not properly take care of him. Living in a crowded apartment where they lack necessary resources, Zahid and his siblings are forced into illegal labor as they struggle to survive. Featuring non-professional actors, the film draws attention to thebrutal realities of Lebanon, where children face desperate health circumstances and uncertain futures. This film was selected as Lebanon’s entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. Introduction by Derek Brown (Peace Appeal Foundation)