INT. COURTROOM ZAIN, a 12-year-old boy, faces THE JUDGE. THE JUDGE: Why are you suing your own parents? ZAIN: For giving me life.
Zain Al Rafeea was born in 2004 in Daraa, Syria, and is the second of four children. He has been deprived of his right to education since the Daraa clashes in 2012, the year that the situation in his homeland became so unbearable it caused his family to pack up their lives and head to Lebanon. Since the age of ten, he has worked a number of temporary jobs, such as supermarket deliveries. His real passion is raising pigeons, and his dream is to open a pigeon shop. In 2016, he was noticed among a group of kids in his Beirut neighborhood by Capharnaüm’s casting director, who immediately saw in him what director Nadine Labaki was looking for.
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