Lamya’s Poem to Star Faran Tahir and Mena Massoud

"Lamya's Poem" takes you back to Rumi's time as a refugee: Faran Tahir

Lahore (22nd June, 2019): Aladdin star, Mena Massoud to play young Rumi in upcoming Canadian animation, Lamya’s Poem.

According to recent reports, Pakistani born Hollywood actor, Faran Tahir and Egyptian-Canadian, Mena Massoud are set to star in the upcoming animation Lamya’s Poem based on the idea of a refugee coming to terms with her displacement via a connection with a younger version of Rumi.

Faran Tahir officially confirmed the news on his Instagram account:

“So excited to be a part of this tremendous project”. He continued to say, “A beautiful story about a young refugee girl fleeing violence an war finds a book of poetry by the celebrated 13th Century poet, Rumi”.

Tahir is the son of renowned; actor and dramatist, Naeem Tahir and award winning broadcaster, Yasmeen Tahir. Although Tahir has worked in Pakistan television, he gained most of his fame from appearing in Hollywood movies and  doing theater in the United States. He is popularly known for appearing in Iron Man (2008), Star Trek (2009), Escape Plan (2013), as well as the Shakespearean theater production of Othello (2016).

According to Variety’s Stewart Clarke, Mena Massoud is expected to play the leading role of Rumi as a refugee in the animated film.

As confirmed by reports, the film is set to be written and directed by Alexander Kronemer, with Brandon Lloyd as the animation director for Pip Animation Studios, Canada.

The films production is scheduled to be start in summer of 2019 as well as the first teaser premiere at the Marché du Film, Cannes, according to Variety.

Moreover, the leading role of thirteen year old refugee is expected to be played by Millie Davis known for playing the character of Summer in Wonder (2017). While Faran Tahir is expected to play the character of troubled young poet Jalal’s (Massoud) father.

Lamya’s Poem is a much needed film as it explores the alarmingly growing situation of mass migration and its consequences. According to statistics shared on the official page for Lamya’s Poem:

“According to @Refugees, every TWENTY minutes people are forced to leave everything they know and love in order to escape war and persecution. Did you know that Rumi, who lived in the 13th century, was himself a refugee?”

The statement continued to read: “We hope for a world where no one is ever forced to leave their home. In the meantime, let us continue to fight for our fellow humans and their right to safety and security, and let us continue to tell and share their stories of hope, courage, and resilience”.


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