13-year old Jasmin lives
with her family in Aleppo; once
a prominent city, now turned into
a gloomy battlefield. The conditions
are tough for adults, whereas for
kids they are just another challenge
in the world where the ruined
city became a huge playground.
Jasmin’s Grandpa is kidnapped by
a gang of thieves. When their boss
happens to be Jasmin’s uncle and
the girl decides to go to his rescue
without the help of her parents, the
situation gets complicated.
The Wind over Aleppo is inspired by the book by Grzegorz Gortat, advertised as “a book for children; a must-read for every adult”. It is the perfect base for an animated film that would permit the viewers to approach emotionally the matter of conflict, which is experienced by children in the most abusive way. Animation is the best technique to demonstrate how war could be seen through the eyes of a child. Their everyday life is different than the life of their peers having a chance to grow up in peace. In relation to the issues brought up in the film, it is necessary to apply a simple, but expressive design adapted to the perceptual possibilities of young viewers. This story will bring viewers closer to Aleppo and will let them understand that in hard times, friendship, solidarity and family bonds are as important as arms and power.