UNIC Beirut, local partner screen movie on child abuse to launch “United against Violence” campaign

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21 September 2018
UNIC Beirut, local partner screen movie on child abuse to launch “United against Violence” campaign
The UN Information Centre (UNIC) in Beirut and LUXURY LIMITED EDITION, an international public relations company owned by Cynthia Sarkis Perros, organized on 16 September a private screening of the Avant-Premiere of the Cannes Film Festival “Jury Prize winner” Movie “Capharnaüm”. The screening, attended by the Lebanese Minister of Culture, Heads of UN agencies in Lebanon, including the Resident Coordinator Philippe Lazzarini, and UNIC’s stakeholders from the public and private sectors, NGOs and academia, intended to raise awareness about the brutality of child abuse and announce a new campaign with LUXURY LIMITED EDITION, “UNITED AGAINST VIOLENCE”.

Capharnaüm, written by renown Lebanese Director Nadine Labaki, won the “Jury Prize” at Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. It is an Arabic film about a 12-year-old boy named Zain, who is a victim of child abuse and neglect. He was born without a certificate, which urges him to sue his parents for bringing him to such unfortunate circumstances in a world of pain and suffering.

The event featured an opening statement by Perros, in which she underscored her ongoing collaboration with the UNIC Beirut on raising awareness on UN priorities and the SDGs in particular. She introduced the new campaign and said that it will be launched soon in a separate event, where several activities aimed to shed light on combating violence against children will be unveiled.

Labaki briefed the audience about her journey in shooting and producing the movie, and all the daily sufferings and miseries faced by the extremely underprivileged families in Lebanon that she had to picture, and which is mostly affecting the innocent children of those families. A Q&A session with Nadine followed the screening where the audience underscored the need for the civil society and the government to join hands and combat extreme poverty and child abuse in Lebanon.

It is worth mentioning that Capharnaüm has been selected by Lebanon as its candidate for the upcoming foreign-language Oscar race. The movie opens in Lebanon on Thursday 20 September.