The Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies at Cal State San Bernardino will host a screening of the award-winning film “The Tower” on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 6 to 8 p.m., in University Hall, room 106.

“The Tower” is about an 11-year-old Palestinian girl named Wardi who lives with her family inside a refugee camp, where she learns about her family’s history through stories told by three previous generations of refugees.

“The Tower,” which is in consideration in the Animated Feature Film category for the 2019 Academy Awards, has already won 10 international film festival awards, including the second prize for Best Animated Feature as well as the Liv Ullmann’s Peace Prize at the 2018 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival.

A discussion with its Norwegian director Mats Grorud will follow the screening via Zoom. According to IMDb, Grorud worked for a year at the Burj el-Barajneh refugee camp and heard the refugees’ stories, which he then used as a basis for the film’s narrative.

If any professors would like to bring their class to the event, which is co-sponsored by the CSUSB English Club, contact Ahlam Muhtaseb, director of CIMES and professor of communication studies, at

Visit the Center for Islamic & Middle Eastern Studies website for more information about the program.

The Tower screening hosted by CIMES flyer