Dir Nadine Labacki, Lebanon/France/USA 2018, 2h11, Cert 15Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawsar Al Haddad, Fadi Kamel Yousef.In Arabic and Amharic with English subtitles.
A powerfully moving drama from Lebanese director Nadine Labacki.
Living in a Beirut slum, either ignored by his parents or forced by them to engage in a drug-smuggling scheme, 12-year-old Zain finally reaches breaking point when his parents essentially sell off his beloved 11-year-old sister as a child bride to a sleazy local shopkeeper. Zain takes off. With nowhere to go, he is forced to live on the street until illegal Ethiopian refugee Rahil take him in. His new job as babysitter to Rahil’s toddler Yonas seems ideal, until one day Rahil fails to return from work.
“A gripping, sympathetic cry for the dispossessed.” - Empire
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