Representing Arab Cinema

Award-winning Lebanese director, Nadine Labaki’s film Capernaum was nominated for a Golden Globe in the ‘Best Picture – Foreign Language’ category, making her the only Arab nominee.


Nadine Labaki’s latest film is heading to the Oscars

Award-winning director Nadine Labaki on activism in film

Capernaum is Nadine’s  third film which she has directed, and it tells the story of a 12-year-old boy who resorts to stealing and begging to survive on the streets of Beirut, and proceeds to sue his parents for bringing him into a world of suffering.

Remarkably, the majority of the film’s cast features non-professional actors, some of whom are actual street children, whom Nadine met in Beirut during the two years she spent researching the film.

Nadine shared an emotional video on her Instagram account of her crying while celebrating her historic nomination while on the phone with her loved ones.


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She also took to Twitter to thank the Hollywood Foreign Press Association for the nomination, calling it a “small miracle”

This nomination marks another major milestone in the director’s career, as in April she made history by becoming the first Arab filmmaker to win the Palme d’Or, which is the highest honor at the Cannes film festival.

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