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A streetwise child takes care of a refugee and seeks justice against his negligent parents in court.


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A story which could happen in any major Brazilian city - but here takes place in the streets of Lebanon. 'Cafarnaum' (Arabic for 'Chaos') portrays the harsh life in the outskirts of Beirut, addressing issues such as poverty, segregation and mainly child neglect, which is a form of abuse. Entire casted with non-actors, the movie won the Jury Prize in Cannes Film Festival and was nominated for the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film.



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'Capernaum', a new film by Nadine Labaki and winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, follows Zain, a gutsy streetwise child, as he flees his negligent parents. He survives on the streets through his wits while taking care of Ethiopian refugee Rahil and her baby son, Yonas. After being arrested and put in jail, Zain finally seeks justice against his parents in court for the “crime” of giving him life.

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