When I Saw You

Directed by Annemarie Jacir

Release Year: 2012
Running Time: 98
Color Type: Color
Country: Palestine, Greece
Language: Arabic
Genres: Drama
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Directed by Annemarie Jacir

Jordan, 1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in temporary refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches for a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives.

Critical Acclaim

"A soft-centered child's-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting and Helene Louvart's full-bodied photography." -Jeannette Catsoulis, New York Times

"Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir provides a fresh perspective on one of the world's longest conflicts." - Peter Keough, Boston Globe

"As Tarek, Asfa is extraordinary. Yet another first-rate film from a Middle East rich with them." - Alan Scherstuhl, Village Voice

Awards

  • Winner NETPAC award for BEST ASIAN FILM - BERLIN INT. FILM FESTIVAL
    Winner World Cinema BEST PICTURE - PHOENIX INT. FILM FESTIVAL
    Winner BEST ARAB FILM - ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL
    Winner AUDIENCE AWARD (Prix du Public) - AMIENS INT. FILM FESTIVAL
    Winner SIGNIS Award Best Film - AMIENS INT. FILM FESTIVAL
    Nomination Best Children's Film - ASIAN PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS
    Mahmoud Asfa nominated for YOUNG ARTIST AWARD for Leading Performance in Foreign Film
    Winner SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - ORAN FESTIVAL OF ARAB CINEMA
    Winner JURY PRIZE - CAIRO INT. FILM FESTIVAL
    Winner - Tunisian Film Critics Don Quixote Award - CARTHAGE INT. FILM FESTIVAL
    PALESTINE's 2013 OSCAR ENTRY for Foreign Language Film