The Tower

2020 Animated Drama ~ 1hr 16 min ~ English/Arabic with Subtitles

Director: Mats Grorud

Author: Dina Matar

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The Tower

This animated movie follows Wardi, an eleven-year-old Palestinian girl, who lives with her whole family in the refugee camp where she was born. Her beloved great-grandfather Sidi was one of the first people to settle in the camp after being chased from his home back in 1948. The day Sidi gives her the key to his old house back in Galilee, she fears he may have lost hope of someday going home. As she searches for Sidi’s lost hope around the camp, she will collect her family’s testimonies, from one generation to the next.  

The film is based on interviews with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.

Here’s a tip when watching. During the flashbacks, the characters are rendered in two dimensions. Current time shows three dimensions.