Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 and nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2019 Academy Awards.
A smart, compassionate, and ultimately stirring picture of lives in the balance.
After being jailed for committing a violent crime, Zain, a mistreated 12-year-old boy, sues his parents for giving him life. Zain’s large family live hand to mouth in a squalid apartment in Lebanon. The kids work instead of going to school. When Zain’s 11 year old sister is sold into marriage, he flees the family home in search of a better life. He is taken in and lovingly cared for by an illegal Ethiopian worker, Rahil, who lives in a shanty house with her baby. But when Rahil disappears, Zain is suddenly left to fend for himself and her baby, resorting to increasingly desperate measures to survive.
Director Nadine Labaki cast non-professional actors from displaced backgrounds similar to their characters, resulting in authentic and extraordinary performances.
"a big heart, a caring conscience and a belligerent belief that there is still some hope" - HERALD SUN AUSTRALIA
"a tough watch, but it is also an incredibly impressive piece of truth-telling cinema" - FILMINK AUSTRALIA
"brings an undeniable emotional pull to this harrowing portrait of a poverty-stricken child's fight to survive in the slums of Beirut" - ROLLING STONE
"tackles its subject with intelligence and heart" - VARIETY
Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Director: Nadine Labaki
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