The Tower

Mats Grorud

Norway, France, Sweden 2018, 80 min.

Fiction, Animation

Spoken language: Arabic

Subtitles: English

Dutch premiere

Touching and beautiful puppet animation about eleven-year-old Palestinian girl Wardi, who has been living in a refugee camp in Beirut, Lebanon, together with her family ever since she was born. When her beloved granddad apparently loses hope of ever returning to his home in Galilee, she tries to restore hope in the camp.


Wardi’s granddad was expelled from his house in Galilee back in 1948, when Israeli settlers occupied the area. He ended up in the refugee camp in Beirut, where he has been living ever since. His children and grandchildren were born there, but he always hoped of returning home one day. This hope seems lost when he hands his granddaughter the keys to his former home. She then sets out to restore hope in the camp and to find out more about their tragic past through conversations with family members.

Filmmaker Mats Grorud based his film on interviews that he conducted with Palestinian refugees in Lebanon.


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Talkshows & debates

The Tower: Q&A with Eveline Kokke

Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 14:00

Dutch journalist Alwin Helmink interviews Eveline Kokke who lived and worked in the Palestinian refugee camp Shatila (Beirut, Lebanon).

The Tower: Introduction by Students' Choice jurymember Mara van der Burgt

Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 21:00

Mara van der Burgt, member of the Students' Choice jury, will give an introduction about this nominated film

The Tower: Q&A with researchers Dina Zbeidy en Nora Stel

Saturday, March 30, 2019 - 14:00

After the screening researchers Diana Zbeidy (UvA) and Nora Stel (Utrecht University) will speak with journalist Linda Polman about the issue of Palestinian refugees inside and outside of Lebanon.