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Weicholz Global Film Series: Capernaum

Event Info
Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2019
Location: Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts
Time: 7:00pm
General Admission: $10

Pre-film talk with Dr. John Pfeifer begins at 7pm, with the film beginning at approximately 7:30pm.

In Lebanese with English subtitles

Capernaum is an award-winning film which explores the life of Zain, a streetwise, good-natured boy of about twelve years of age, who deftly negotiates the crowded streets and desperate poverty of modern Lebanon. Living in the unforgiving slums of Beirut with his uneducated parents and a wild pack of younger brothers and sisters, Zain is forced to become the family’s primary breadwinner and problem solver. When he fails to prevent his parents from marrying off his beloved, younger sister, Sahar, to a man nearly three times her age, he runs away from his negligent parents and finds himself navigating a world where cruelty and poverty threaten to overwhelm kindness and goodness. Directed by Nadine Labacki, the film has received critical acclaim, earning a New York Times’ Critic Pick designation, and the Prix de La Citoyennete at the Cannes Film Festival, a jury prize for outstanding social responsibility.

“Tackling its issues with heart and intelligence, Labaki's child-endangerment tale is a splendid addition to the ranks of great guttersnipe dramas. . . Labaki does a superb job capturing the cacophony of the streets through a mixture of nervous camera movements, shrewd editing, and a multitude of sounds. . . Al Reefa is a revelation.” -Variety

“Nadine Labaki’s hectic and heartbreaking new film borrows its name from an ancient city condemned to hell. . .modern Beirut as captured by Ms. Labaki’s camera is a teeming vision of the inferno, a place without peace, mercy or order.
Its crowded streets and makeshift dwellings hold endless desperation, but the movie is too busy, too angry, too absorbing, and too exciting, you might say — to succumb to despair. The sources of its remarkable energy are Ms. Labaki’s curiosity and the charisma of her young star, Zain al Rafeea, who plays a boy named Zain.” -The New York Times

Directed by Nadine Labaki
Starring: Zain Al Reefa, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Yordanos Shiferaw, Nadine Labacki
Awards: Winner of 22 International Film Festival Awards with 35 additional nominations; Winner of the Prix de La Citoyennete at the Cannes Film Festival, a jury prize for outstanding social responsibility; 2018 Golden Globe and 91st Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film.
Lebanon; Rated R; Directed by Nadine Labaki (2018); 126 minutes


With special thanks to our generous sponsors for this series, Helene and Stephen Weicholz and our host, Dr. John Pfeifer.