Thursday 25th April 2019 - 8:00 pm - 10:25 pm, Palmer Building
Syrian refugees Zain and his family live out their lives in the shattered chaos (‘capernaüm’) of Beirut. A tortuous drug smuggling project brings in a little money. A few chickens serve as a dowry when Zain’s beloved sister is tragically given away as a child bride to the landlord’s son. Outraged, Zain leaves home. Befriending a young cleaner, Rahil, and her infant Yonas, his attempts at child-care shine as a dark ray of hope, celebrating his fierce resourcefulness amid shifting, pressing danger.
(It’s salutary to be told that the cast was recruited on the streets of Beirut, where 520 hours of film was shot on location).
Lebanon 2018 – Arabic and Amharic with subtitles – Directed by Nadine Labaki with Ghida Majzoub, Kawthar Al Haddad, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole – 121 min
This film is about the link between poverty and anger. It’s a much angrier, tougher – and sometimes funnier – film than you might imagine – THE GUARDIAN
Nadine Labaki’s sensational new film…turns the plight of Zain growing up in the slums and streets of Beirut into a social-realist blockbuster – fired by furious compassion and teeming with sorrow, yet strewn with diamond-shards of beauty, wit and hope – TELEGRAPH