In one of the best-animated films this year, Lamya’s Poem was acquired by Freestyle Digital Media, a distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group.
The distribution company purchased the North American DVD and VOD rights to the Syrian refugee tale ahead of the Academy Awards nominations next year.
The animated film is one of 2022’s 27 animated feature films eligible for an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Layma’s Peom tells the story of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee girl named Lamya who tumbles into a dream world where she meets a poet and must help him write the poem that will save her life. When Lamya flees the violence of her country, she is given a book of poetry by the famous 13th-century poet, Rumi. As the perils of Lamya’s 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 voice cast includes Millie Davis (Odd Squad, Wonder, Orphan Black), Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek), and Mena Massoud (Disney’s Aladdin, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan). Alex Kronemer wrote and directed the movie.
“We were inspired by accounts of displaced Syrians reading poetry and literature in refugee camps to help overcome the trauma of their displacement from home, friends, and family,” said filmmaker Alex Kronemer in a statement. “At its center, Lamya’s Poem is about the magical relationship between artists and their audiences that can cross time and space to help both heal and transcend difficult circumstances. While rooted in loss, the film ultimately is a life-affirming and family-friendly tale.”
Lamya’s Poem sets for release digitally and on DVD on February 21, 2023.
Watch the trailer below and let us know what you think of it.
As a featured bonus, LRM Online interviewed director Alex Kronemer and producer Sam Kadi from the Vancouver International Film Festival 2021.
Watch our exclusive interview below.