When his father is killed in an unspecified conflict, a boy, his mother and siblings leave their village for the city, where they lodge with cousins. Saleem, our hero, finds a map.
So begins a charmingly realised animated fable in which the age-old plot device of a quest for hidden treasure is given new life by a director who evidently respects the form, the matter and her young potential audience.
If there is an inevitability about the treasure turning out to be more valuable than gold, the journey is treated none the less with flair. This is a comparatively rare opportunity to see an animated film made in the Middle East for the young.