★★★★ – “CAPHARNAUM is a worthy Oscar Best Foreign Film nominee with a gritty tale of kids doing it tough on the mean streets of Beirut.” - Leigh Paatsch, news.com.au
★★★★ – “Capharnaum is a Dickensian tale updated to the slums of modern-day Beirut with 12-year-old Zain as its Oliver Twist.” – Sandra Hall, Age, SMH
★★★★ “This is an uncompromising, inspirational examination of the plight of desperately poor refugees” – David Stratton, The Weekend Australian
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.
- 131 minutes
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