Lebanon 2018, 126 mins. Dir. Nadine Labaki.
Starring Zain al-Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Bankole and Kawthar al-Haddad
Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, this extraordinary film follows Zain, a feisty 12-year-old, as he flees from his negligent parents to fend for himself on the streets of Beirut. Along the way he is befriended by an Ethiopian refugee and – when she is detained as an illegal immigrant – becomes guardian to her one-year-old son Yonas. Zain and Yonas together make a remarkable double act – surely two of the most astonishing child performances in cinematic history – and keeping both of them safe takes all of Zain’s considerable wits and ingenuity. While the film necessarily focuses on the harsh social reality of undocumented lives trapped in poverty, it is through the irrepressible Zain that we take from the film an overwhelming sense of moral decency, of humour, of optimism and of hope.
Advance bookings only. Doors open at 7.45pm. Film starts at 8pm.
£7 per person. Please book by 1pm on the day of the film.
This event is part of Highgate Festival