Capernaum’s Young Best Actor winner Zain Al Rafeea lives in Norway

  • (April 2019 – visiting Oslo)

    See a video of Zain with school friends

    “Zain Al was discovered on the street as a refugee in Beirut and ended up as the protagonist in a movie that touched a whole world. Today he studies Norwegian language as a pupil in Hammerfest”

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    Zain Al Rafaeea

    He also won Best Actor at the 2018 International Antalya Film Festival.[11] The New York Times named his as one of the best performances of 2018, with reporter Wesley Morris writing, “Every once in a while, you leave a movie having seen a performance that mocks all the other acting that came before it”.[6] James Verniere of the Boston Herald described Al Rafeea as “part Oliver Twist, part James Dean”

  • Life has been hard on him – mostly because he is a refugee

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