‘Not even a choice’ but ‘a duty’ to make Oscar-nominated refugee epic says Lebanese woman director

31 January 2019

The first ever Arab woman director to be nominated for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar, has told UN News that she had ‘a duty’ to record the reality of the refugee crisis playing out on the streets of her native Lebanon.

Nadine Labaki is the director of Capernaum, a harrowing drama seen through the eyes of a 12-year-old boy who decides to sue his own parents after years of abuse and neglect.

“A child sees things so much more clearly”, says Ms. Labaki, who spent three years researching her film, which also won the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival last year.

With around a million Syrian refugees sheltering in Lebanon, she said she felt compelled to “do something about it” through her searing new film – “it would be a crime not to do so” she told Hafiz Kheir.

 

Audio Credit:
Hafiz Kheir, UN News - Arabic
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