Lebanese director/co-writer Nadine Labaki’s Jury Prize-winning drama revolves around Zain (Zain Al Rafeea), a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his parents for bringing him into the world. Born into urban squalor and a hard life on the streets of Beirut, Zain is already serving a five-year sentence, for stabbing the man who bought his 11-year-old sister’s hand in marriage, and his case against his parents reveals grim details about a home life that is far more troublesome that originally thought.~Augustine Chay
Q&A with Director Nadine Labaki and Zain Al Rafeea
A cinema tale that realistically portrays the ravages of poverty and parental neglect, showcasing a brilliant young male actor who takes on the roles of friend, parent and consummate guardian with a profound, passion that is warmly heartfelt throughout. Brilliant acting and stark direction create a story of the power of love, responsibility and emotional persistence that ultimately win!
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