Lebanese Oscars contribution opens Stockholm’s feminist film festival 2019

By on January 5, 2019

The Lebanese refugee drama Kapernaum opens the fourth edition of Stockholm’s feminist film festival, February 28, 2019.

Kapernaum is about the Syrian refugee boy Zain (Zain Alrafeea) who wants to sue their parents because they put him to this world. Together with an innumerable number of small siblings, Zain spends the days on Beirut’s streets in order to contribute to the family’s livelihood in various ways. It’s a hard life and Zain dreams of finding a dignified existence, a safe place to take his sister Samar (Cedra Izam). He soon realizes that the worst is about to happen, the parents are planning to give away Samar in marriage, even though she is just a child. Zain knows that only he can save her.

For several years, director Nadine Labaki researched and met vulnerable children in various places in Lebanon – slums, police stations, courtrooms and prisons. Places where children have nothing to say about. The lead role holder Zain Alrafeea is himself a Syrian refugee and it is partly his real life purpose we get to take part in the film.

– We cannot imagine a more suitable film than Kapernaum to inaugurate this year’s festival. The film is about the large group of people who are on the run, and depicts how the most vulnerable are affected when the most basic elements of civilization are lacking. It is a film that does not leave anyone untouched, says festival manager Stephanie Thögersen.

Nadine Labaki wrote history earlier this year when she, as the first Arab woman, won the prestigious Jury Prize during the Cannes Film Festival. Kapernaum is Nadine Labaki’s major breakthrough and is Lebanon’s Oscar contribution in 2019. On February 28, the film premieres at Stockholm’s feminist film festival.

The inauguration will take place on February 28, 2019 at 18.00 at Skandiabiografen. The doors open for mingle and refreshments at 17:30. Then there will be a fire speech of this year’s opening speaker (revealed shortly), the awarding of the feminist film scholarship Anna Prize and a number of other surprises.

Stockholm’s feminist film festival takes place on February 28 – March 3, 2019. Read more here>>

Helena Olofsson, Culture & Music | Stockholm