Alex Kronemer wrote and directed 'Lamya's Poem', which he also produced alongside Glenn James Brown and Sam Kadi.
Allen Media Group’s Freestyle Digital Media has acquired the North American DVD and VOD rights to Lamya’s Poem, an animated film about Syrian refugees.
The film, made by Canada’s PIP Animation, had its premiere at last year’s Annecy International Animation Film Festival in France. It will be released in the US on February 21.
The film is an inspiring and timely tale about a 12-year-old Syrian refugee who flees the violence of her country, and looks to a gifted book of poetry by the famous 13th-century poet, Rumi, as a source of strength. As the perils of her journey mount, the book becomes a magical gateway where she meets Rumi when he was a boy and also a refugee fleeing the violence of his time. In a shared dreamworld, they battle the monsters that follow them from their real-world situations, and Lamya must help young Rumi find his calling and write the poem that, 800 years later, will save her life.
The film was directed and written by American filmmaker Alexander Kronemer. It features the voice of Odd Squad actress Millie Davis as the protagonist, and Aladdin’s Mena Massoud is the voiceover for Rumi.
Kronemer is known for focusing on cross-cultural understandings, religious diversity and Islam, having previously directed works including the 2016 film The Sultan and the Saint, and more recently The Great American Road Trip TV mini-series.