Film Screening and Debate


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Auditorium Ivan Pictet, Maison de la paix, Geneva

Capharnaüm tells the story of Zain, a hardened and streetwise 12-year-old Lebanese boy who sues his parents for giving birth to him after running away from his negligent parents, committing a violent crime and being sentenced to five years in jail. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, Nadine Labaki's film sensibly depicts many social issues affecting Lebanese and refugees alike such as child labour, early marriage, statelessness and poverty.

Opening remarks:

  • Jacqueline Coté, Director of Public Relations, the Graduate Institute, Geneva
  • Gillian Triggs, Assistant High Commissioner for Protection, UNHCR

The film (2018, 126 minutes, in Arabic with English subtitles) will be followed by a panel discussion with:

  • Emma Batha, Journalist, Thomson Reuters Foundation (moderator)
  • Melanie Khanna, Section Chief, Statelessness, UNHCR
  • Anuradha Sen Mookerjee, Research Fellow, the Graduate Institute, Geneva

The screening is organised in partnership with the UNHCR.

“Tackling its issues with heart and intelligence, Labaki's child-endangerment tale is a splendid addition to the ranks of great guttersnipe dramas.” – Variety  

Entry is free, but seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.  

A light reception will precede the event as from 18:00.

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