Annecy International Animated Film Festival Review: Alexander Kronemer’s ‘Lamya’s Poem’

A boy attempts to plant his reed flute onto the dirt. Although his new friend laughs at the impractical idea at first, she’s intrigued and lends assistance. And thus, the metaphor takes root and sprouts into a tree at the climax. Written and directed by documentarian and lecturer Alex Kronemer with Brandon Lloyd as director of animation, Lamya’s Poem tells the story of a 12-year-old Syrian refugee, Lamya (Mille Davis), who is ripped from her home by the Syrian Civil War, which claimed the homes of 12 million people. Lamya’s Poem bears the studiousness of an educative watch while flaring a fantastical imagination to entertain its target audience. Much like the Sundance-selected adult-oriented Flee and Nora Twomey’s imaginative
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