Capernaüm ("Chaos") tells the story of Zain (Zain al-Rafeea), a Lebanese boy
who sues his parents for the "crime" of giving him life. The film follows Zain as
he journeys from gutsy, streetwise child to hardened 12-year-old "Adult"
fleeing his negligent parents, surviving through his wits on the streets, where
he meets Ethiopian migrant worker Rahil, who provides him with shelter and
food, as Zein takes care of her baby son Yonas in return. Zein later gets jailed
for committing a violent crime, and finally seeks justice in a courtroom.