Lebanon, France, USA
Scriptwriter: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Keserwany, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar
Capernaüm (“Chaos”) tells the story of Zain, 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, surviving through his wits on the streets, where he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and food, and Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets jailed and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.
Nadine Labaki was born in 1974 in Beirut, Lebanon. She obtained a degree in audiovisual studies at Saint Joseph University in Beirut. Nadine is an actress, scriptwriter, director and clipmaker. In 2008 the French Ministry of Culture and Communication gave her the Insignia of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. She is the first female Arab director to ever be nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (Capernaum, 2018).