Date: March 20, 2019
“Directed by: Nadine Labaki
Screenplay by: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle Kesrouani
Starring: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, Boluwatife Treasure Bankole
Winner of the Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival, CAPERNAUM (“Chaos”), a new film by Nadine Labaki about the journey of a clever, gutsy 12-year-old boy, Zain, who survives the dangers of the city streets by his wits. He flees his parents and to assert his rights, takes them to court suing them for the “crime” of giving him life.
I’ve wondered many times…what is the culpability of imposing life upon another sentient creature?
…A question which becomes unanswerable, in my eyes…when weighed against the countless ways, in which this world will hold down…exploit…isolate…sometimes even break and cripple, that sentient creature someone else has decided will exist.
People act like everyone should be overjoyed, to have reached cognitive awareness…to have experienced their own senses, and the experiences of this world…because the alternative [never to have existed] is presumed to have been “so terrible”…
…But that doesn’t mean a whole lot, to someone who spends their entire life struggling to get by…struggling to keep going…
…It’s cold comfort, to anyone disillusioned by life…It’s a bitter mockery, to anyone for whom life is a torment, from which they wish most to escape…and now wander through the awful process, of plotting that escape.
Life is not an equal gift to all.
…There are any number of people on this planet…who are brought into being…and then spend most of their lives being rejected, blamed and cursed, for who and what they biologically are.
It just makes no sense to me…
…This has never made any sense to me.