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Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo (PG)

Family Film Club

A girl sitting on a train with her parents looks hopefully out the window.

We’re partnering up with SAFAR Film Festival during National Refugee Week to present this beautiful animation that champions hope and understanding.

Six-year-old Dounia lives with her father and grandparents in Aleppo but when her father is arrested, her family must flee the city. Forced on a treacherous journey Dounia never loses her determination to find a new home and carries with her a handful of nigella seeds to connect her with the magic of her beloved country. 

This bold and beautiful animation blends a child’s eye view of displacement and conflict with fantasy and music, creating a poetic story, giving young audiences an entry point to discuss Dounia’s refugee experience and the need for respect and understanding for all. 

Dounia and the Princess of Aleppo will be screened for schools/education groups on Wed 19 June.

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Dirs André Kadi Marya Zarif Canada 2022 72min 

Arabic with English subtitles. Subtitles read aloud for children via headsets. Please collect headsets first come, first served on entry to cinema. 

Age recommendation: 6+ 

For more details of SAFAR visit their website.

Please note – this screening is designed for families to attend together, no unaccompanied adults will be allowed entry to cinema and children must attend with an accompanying grown up.

£2.50 under 18s, £5 adults

(No group discounts or difference between adults/children)


No membership required.

*Excludes £1.50 booking fee

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