After debuting at the Cannes Film Festival 2018 where it received a standing ovation and was awarded the Jury Prize, the film was nominated for both an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Foreign Language Film at the Golden Globes in 2019, becoming the highest-grossing Arabic film of all time since then.
The lead character, Zain, is played by a young Syrian refugee called Zain al-Rafeea who has since been resettled and is flourishing in Norway. With the world facing an ongoing displacement crisis, millions of families have been forced to flee their homes and now require long-term solutions. The tremendous resilience of individuals such as Zain al-Rafeea demonstrates their determination to build better lives and is something that demands our support and advocacy.
CAPERNAUM is an opportunity to reflect on such issues. We hope conversations will evolve around how, in a time of increased polarization and negative rhetoric, we can find new ways to engage communities via a more human and empathetic narrative.