Capernaum (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy who sues his parents for the “crime” of giving him life. The film follows Zain as he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old “adult” fleeing his negligent parents and surviving through his wits on the streets. He meets an Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, and Zain takes care of her baby in return. When he gets jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain finally seeks justice in a court of law.
Capernaum was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
and the film won the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.
“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.”
Peter Travers, Rolling Stone