A film by Nadine Labaki

Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole

Inside a court, Zain, a 12-year-old boy, is brought before the judge. The question is : “Why are you attacking your parents in court?”, Zain answers: “For giving me life!” Capharnaüm retraces the incredible journey of this child in search of his identity and who rebels against the life that one seeks to impose on him.

Director Labaki has cast the film well, with first-time actors whose real-life situations mirror those of her characters. It is taking place in the street of Beirut in the poorest neighbourhood where a family leaves with their kids, how many it is unclear. Zain (Zain Alrafeea) is tough and knows the street takes care of his brother and sister getting by selling juice in the street to make money. He loves his pretty eleven-year-old sister Sahar (Cedra Izam). His parents however does the unthinkable ( I am not going to reveal that) but I will say that she has to leave the house at 11 years old. So Zain leaves home and meet  Rahil (Yordanos Shifera), an undocumented Ethiopian immigrant who takes him out of pity., where he becomes babysitter and surrogate big brother to her toddler Yonas. But one night she fails to return so Zain goes on this journey with Yonas, A journey of survival in the streets. Those are the flashback here the director plays the lawyer of the Zain. This film has realists setting and going to make you feel uncomfortable is a matter of fact when the film was over a woman was crying during the film.  The film is about how kids are mistreated and you are going to think how can anyone live like that. However some people complain about the little things that have no importance here is a kid that is not complaining  obviously he has no time to complain but the only one he has is “I hate this shitty life”.  Zain that is his real name  and it is in the streets of Beirut that the director spotted this kid who was only 7 years old when his family fled from the south of Syria to find refuge in Lebanon. Today, thanks to the film, the kid and his family are getting ready to settle in Norway, and he will be able to go to school. This child with such powerful story won his case against the injustice of the world.





A film by Ziad Doueiri

Cast: Adel Karam, Kamel El Basha, Camille Salameh

In Beirut, an insult blown out of proportions finds Toni, a Lebanese Christian, and Yasser, a Palestinian refugee in court. From old war wound, and prejudice the media circus is forming and the judge fears that a big confrontation between Palestinian and lebanese are going to take place so he asked the 2 parties to reconsider their lives and prejudices.

Here is a Director who is not afraid to tackle this subject matter. Ok there are Palestinians, refugees who have been in Lebanon for many years and now comprise ten percent of the population, Which does not flies with the Lebanese. Tony Hanna (Adel Karam), a 46-years-old mechanic with a pregnant wife, is watering plants on his apartment’s balcony when he  splashes a construction crew on the street below. The crew’s foreman, Yasser Salameh (Kamel El Basha) notices there’s an illegal pipe on Tony’s apartment and offers to fix it. But Tony shut the door on them.  So the foreman decided to fix the problem without telling Tony. Tony noticed what they are doing takes a hammer and breaks the pipe, you have guessed it the insults are going to fly. Tony demands an apology. Things get out of hand and goes to court because Yasser has a hard time apologising.  The trial unfolds, it provokes violent outbursts both inside and outside the courtroom, and sensational media coverage, with personal Bitter hostility, with old wounds from the war. Here is an intelligent written script and a director who knows how to give directions to his actors who are in turn are great to watch. Do not miss this one. And yes there are a few surprises that will surface.