‘Lamya’s Poem’: Annecy Review

A young Syrian refugee connects with Rumi’s 800-year-old poetry in this lyrical animation. Dir/scr: Alexander Kronemer. USA, Canada. 2021. 89mins. Twelve-year-old Syrian girl Lamya (voiced by Millie Davis), uprooted from her home in Aleppo, finds solace in the words of the poet Rumi written some 800 years before. But the connection between Lamya and Rumi runs deeper, a meeting of souls on a plane which is neither her world, nor his, but which inspires him to create the work which will assuage the suffering of generations of displaced people in the centuries to come. An elegant and lyrical response to the Syrian crisis and the plight of refugees, Lamya’s Poem is earnest and at times a little overwrought, but there’s a real heart to its storytelling and its exploration of the timeless power of words.
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‘Flee,’ ‘Jiang Ziya’ and ‘Lamya’s Poem’ Headline 2021 Annecy Feature Film Competition

Heading into its 60th anniversary, France’s Annecy Festival long ago established itself as one of the world’s most important animation events, but this year it holds the added distinction of being one of the first major international festivals in Europe to return to an at least part in-person format. Attendance will be limited to a maximum of 5,000 attendees Annecy CEO Mickaël Marin explained on Thursday evening, as Annecy announced its 2021 program.
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