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. It was at this time that the situation in his homeland became so unbearable that it caused his family to pack up their lives and leave for 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.

Accolades

Zain Al Rafeea
Best Actor, 2018

Zain Al Rafeea

Best Actor, 2018

Zain Al Rafeea

Capharnaüm

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…

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Films

Capharnaüm
2018

Capharnaüm

Lebanon
2018

Capharnaüm

Winner, Nadine Labaki, Achievement in Directing, 2018 INT. COURTROOM ZAIN, a 12-year-old boy, faces THE JUDGE. THE JUDGE: Why are you suing your own parents?…

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