‘Lamya’s Poem’ Trailer Details Rumi-inspired Syrian refugee story

The long-awaited animated film “Lamya’s Poem” has unveiled its first trailer.

Alex Kronemer’s Rumi-inspired film about a Syrian refugee girl named Lamya was one of the hot competition titles at the 2021 Annecy Film Festival and subsequently screened at festivals in Vancouver, Zurich and Prague.

The film is an inspirational and timely story about a 12-year-old Syrian refugee fleeing the violence of her country, turning to a gifted volume of poetry by the famous 13th-century poet Rumi for strength. As the dangers of her journey increase, the book becomes a magical gateway where she meets Rumi when he was a boy and also a fugitive fleeing the violence of his time. In a shared dream world, they battle the monsters that follow them from their real world, and Lamya must help young Rumi find his calling and write the poem that will save her life 800 years later.

The film’s voice actors include Mena Massoud, the star of Disney’s latest ‘Aladdin’, as the young poet Rumi; Millie Davis (“Wonder,” “Orphan Black”) as Lamya; and Faran Tahir (“Iron Man,” “Star Trek”) as Baha Walad, Rumi’s father.

Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi master whose influence has transcended borders. His poems have been widely translated and sold millions of copies in recent years. His quote “The wound is where the light enters you” inspired the filmmakers behind “Lamya’s Poem”.

The Unity Productions Foundation-funded film was written and directed by Kronemer, with Sam Kadi (The Citizen, Little Gandhi) and Glenn James Brown producing and Brandon Lloyd (The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That !, “Cyberchase”) as Director of Animation for Canada’s PiP Animation Studios.

The creative team also includes music composer Christopher Willis (The Personal History of David Copperfield, The Death of Stalin) and art director Kristina Vardazaryan (Wonder Park, The Spongebob Movie: Sponge on the Run).

WestEnd Films, whose library includes Oscar-nominated animated titles such as The Breadwinner and Song of the Sea, handles international distribution, while ICM represents the North American rights.

Check out the trailer below:

https://variety.com/2022/film/global/lamyas-poem-trailer-rumi-1235301430/ ‘Lamya’s Poem’ Trailer Details Rumi-inspired Syrian refugee story

Charles Jones

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