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‘Lamya’s Poem’: Annecy Review

Screendaily
 2021-06-14

Cover picture for the articleA 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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