Cinemagic: Dounia & the Princess of Aleppo

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CertificateNot Rated
Director(s)André Kadi, Marya Zarif
Writer(s)Marya Zarif
LanguageFrench, Arabic
CountryCanada, France
Running Time1HR 12MINS
Extra InfoEnglish subtitles, Recommended 8+
SeasonCinemagic 2023

A few nigella seeds tucked in the palm of her hand, 6-year-old Dounia leaves Aleppo with the Princess of Aleppo’s help and travels towards a new world.

Six-year-old Dounia is forced to leave her home in Aleppo, accompanied by her grandfather and grandmother and the kind of magic that has its roots in the fabulous stories her parents told her. Together they undertake a perilous journey to find the new home which, Dounia is sure, is waiting for them somewhere.

Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo blends the magic of childhood with the tragedy of growing up in a war-torn country, using songs, myth and stunning hand-drawn animation to make difficult topics accessible.

The 34th Edition of the Cinemagic Film Festival returns to venues across Belfast in October '23. An action packed programme includes Film Premieres, World Cinema, Shorts, Special Events, Young Filmmaker, Film Education Programmes, Workshops, Masterclasses and Industry Q&As. Check out the full programme -

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