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Rumi-inspired Syrian refugee story in ‘Lamia’s Poem’ trailer

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The long awaited animated feature has unveiled the first trailer of “Lamia’s Poem”.

Alex Kronemer’s Rumi-inspired film Lamya was the title of a hot competition at the 2021 Annecy Film Festival with a Syrian refugee girl and went to perform at festivals in Vancouver, Zurich and Prague.

The film is an inspiring and timely story about a 12-year-old Syrian refugee who escapes from his country’s violence and sees a gifted book of poetry by the famous 13th-century poet Rumi as a source of energy. As the danger of his journey increased, the book became a magical gateway where he met Rumi when he was a boy and also a refugee fleeing the violence of his time. In a shared dream world, they fight monsters who follow them from their real-world situations, and the lama must help young Rumi find his nickname and write a poem that, 800 years later, will save his life.

The film’s vocal talents include Mena Masood, the star of Disney’s most recent “Aladdin”, the young poet Rumi; Millie Davis as Lamia (“Wonder,” “Orfan Black”); And Faran Tahir (“Iron Man,” “Star Trek”) as Baha’u’llah, Rumi’s father.

Rumi was a Persian poet and Sufi master whose influence transcended boundaries. His poems have been widely translated and sold millions of copies in recent years. His quote, “Wounds are the place where light enters you,” inspired the filmmakers behind “Lamia’s Poem”.

The film, funded by The Unity Production Foundation, was written and directed by Kronemer, co-produced by Sam Cady (“The Citizen,” “Little Gandhi”) and Glenn James Brown, and Brandon Lloyd (“The Cat in the Hat Knows All About That!”). , “” Cyberchase “) as animation director at PIP Animation Studios Canada.

The creative team includes music composer Christopher Willis (“David Copperfield’s Personal History,” “Death of Stalin”) and art director Christina Verdazarian (“Wonder Park,” “The Spongebob Movie: Spongebob on the Run”).

Westend Films, which has Oscar-nominated animation titles in its library, such as “The Breadwinner” and “Song of the Sea,” is conducting international sales, while ICM represents North American rights.

Watch the trailer below:

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