The film industry is awash with hundreds of great movies for audiences to stream or enjoy in big box movie theaters.

But most of these films fail to move audiences on a deeply personal level. It takes a unique set of skills and rich subject matter to hit at the heart of our human consciousness.

That’s what separates Capernaum from most films.  In the aftermath of the 2019 Academy Awards, WomanScape discussed Nadine Labaki’s latest drama, Capernaum in The Power of Pain in Labaki’s Capernaum.  The film garnered both a 30-minute standing ovation last year and the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

This Wednesday, join us as Lebanese writer Yara Zgheib takes a bird’s eye view of Labaki’s artistry and her ability to use art to examine some of the most compelling problems of our time. Labaki’s rare gift as a director speaks to what collaborators have called her “meticulous, demanding, and even obsessed study of human behavior.”

Whether it’s Labaki’s use of real people as characters in her film, or the emotional triggers surrounding pressing issues like child labor, homelessness, and immigration, Labaki’s skill is reminiscent of some mighty talents that include famed playwright, William Shakespeare.

“(Labaki) makes the viewer both cry and laugh as she portrays Lebanese culture and daily life, with all its quirky details, as she brings her characters to life and highlights the struggles and magic in every human behavior.”

Rose McInerney

Author Rose McInerney

Rose combines her love of all things artfully-designed to connect women to a shared community of learning and a richer, more fulfilled self. As a passionate storyteller, published writer, and international traveler, Rose believes women can build a better world through powerful storytelling.

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