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Film Series : The 18th Annual Chicago Palestine Film Festival

The Tower

2018, Mats Grorud, France/Sweden/Norway, 74 min.

Show Times

  • Sun, Apr 21st 5:00pm

“Evocative…filled with moments of bittersweet humor and shreds of hope.”--Jordan Mintzer, Hollywood Reporter

In this sensitively written and directed feature animation, eleven-year-old Wardi’s beloved great- grandfather Sidi entrusts her with the precious key he always wears around his neck, signaling that another sad milestone in her family’s tumultuous history in a Beirut refugee camp is looming. A child’s-eye view of life among the labyrinthine streets and homemade towers of the 70-year-old camp becomes a daily journey of discovery, as the unique story of Wardi’s family unfolds in all its pain and pride. Utilizing 2D, Claymation, and puppet animation, director Grorud, who drew on a year of work in the Bourj el-Barajneh camp to develop the story, traces four generations back to the 1948 Al-Nakba, when 700,000 Palestinians were ejected from their homes. In Arabic, English, and French with English subtitles.

Preceded by THE SON OF JERUSALEM (2017, Khalil Bensira, Palestine, 3 min.) and LAYMUN (2017, Catherine Prowse and Hannah Quinn, UK, 5 min.). All in DCP digital. (BS)

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