Freestyle Digital Media, the digital film distribution division of Byron Allen’s Allen Media Group, today presents the VOD launch of the family-oriented Syrian refugee tale Lamya’s Poem. The animated feature premiered at last year’s prestigious Annecy International Animation Film Festival, and went on to play at festivals in Vancouver, Zurich and Prague.
Synopsis: When 12-year-old Syrian refugee 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 cast features Millie Davis as Lamya (Ms. O in Odd Squad, Summer in Wonder, Gemma Hendrix in Orphan Black), Faran Tahir as Baha Walad (Raza in Iron Man, Captain Robau in Star Trek) and Mena Massoud as Rumi (Aladdin in Disney’s live-action Aladdin, Tarek Kassar in Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan).
Written and directed by Alex Kronemer, Lamya’s Poem was produced by Kronemer, Glenn James Brown and Sam Kadi. The animation is produce by award-winning Ontario studio PIP Animation (The Cat in the Hat, Wandering Wenda, Caillou, Cyber Chase, The Umbrella Academy).
Freestyle acquired both DVD and VOD rights to the film, which will be available on DVD and to rent/own on North American digital HD internet, cable and satellite platforms. The deal was negotiated with UTA Independent.
Visit the film’s official website here to learn more about Lamya’s Poem and find links to rent or buy on VOD.