Directed by Michel Ocelot, “Azur and Asmar” is an animated film that tells the story of two boys, separated in childhood, who ultimately find themselves on the same life quest. Azur, the blond, blue-eyed son of a nobleman, and Asmar, the tan skinned and dark-eyed child of a nurse hired by Azur’s family, are brought up together and as close as brothers. But one day, Azur’s father separates them, banishing Asmar and his mother from the home and sending Azur away to the city for schooling. In their childhood, Asmar’s mother tells the boys the story of the Djinn fairy princess waiting to be released from her chamber by a good and heroic prince. Years later, Azur is haunted by memories of the tales and travels to North Africa in search of the Djinn princess. There, he is reunited with Asmar, who also seeks the Djinn-fairy, but only one of the two youths can be successful.
The Moab showing of “Azur and Asmar” is part of a collaboration between the Grand County Public Library and the Utah Film Council’s “Tumbleweeds” program.
The film will be presented Monday, May 13 at 2 p.m. at the library, 257 E. Center St. Admission is free of charge.