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Open today 11-17 (Restaurant 12-20)

The Tower

Free admission
Friday 22.10.21

Watch the animated feature film The Tower (2018) at our LEO Film Club for Youth! The screening is presented in collaboration with the film festival Arkitekturfilm Oslo, which discusses in what way history and identity are linked, and how this is reflected in the houses we build. This year's festival theme is the "hunt for identity", which also is an important theme in The Tower.

After the film, the professional storyteller Ahmed Alaydi will perform Bandora - a true story about a Palestinian refugee who became an architect.

About the film

The Tower is a warm and gripping story about the 11-year-old girl Wardi and her great-grandfather Sidi. They live in a tall tower in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon. The film takes us on Wardi's journey into the past through the stories of the four generations who live in the tower, in search of Sidi's lost hope and her own future. The Tower is based on real stories from interviews, conversations and observations made by director and screenwriter Mats Grorud while living in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon.

The film exists in three versions: Norwegian, English and Arabic. Here we chose to show the Arabic version.

About the performance

Bandora is a short performance (15 min) of a true story about a Palestinian refugee who becomes an architect. It all starts with a naive interpretation of the word "camp" and the related political situation of the polarized population of Lebanon. Ahmed's story takes you on a journey through the camp's physical architecture and the interaction a refugee has with some of the local communities in Lebanon.

About the artists

Mats Grorud (b. 1976) is a Norwegian director and animator, educated at the animation line in Volda from 2001 in addition to studies in Denmark, Beirut and Beijing. He is best known for My Grandmother Beijing and The Tower.

Ahmed Alaydi is a professional storyteller, architect and urban planner. He was born in Kuwait to Palestinian refugee parents before the Gulf War. He had to flee with his family and has lived in several countries in the Middle East. Throughout his journey, Ahmed has collected many experiences and life stories that he wants to share with others.