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Bio For: Yordanos Shiferaw
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YORDANOS SHIFERAW (Rahil) was born in Asmara, the capital of Eritrea, sometime between the late 80s and the early 90s. As a child, she spent time in a refugee camp in Debre Zeyit, Ethiopia, after her mother died on the long and arduous journey made on foot. She lived with her father briefly before he died of an old war injury.

In the years that followed, she was separated from her four sisters and found herself constantly displaced. She didn't receive an education and was forced very early into living an adult life, working as a shoeshine girl and human parking meter when she was homeless. Around age of 20, she found two of her sisters working as live-in maids in Beirut. She too was employed as a maid until she fled her employer and continued to live and work illegally in the country.

Like her character, Shiferaw was arrested as an illegal immigrant during the shoot, and jailed for two weeks before being released. Nadine Labaki and Khaled Mouzanar went through the process of officially sponsoring her so she could stay legally in Lebanon.

Since the showing of CAPERNAUM at Cannes, she has moved to Paris.

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CAPERNAUM (R) On Video: 3/26/2019 At Theaters: 12/14/2018
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