When I Saw You
When I Saw You
Palestine, 2012, 93 Minute Running Time
Topics: Coming of Age, Middle East, Political, Woman Director
Program: Awards Buzz : Best Foreign Language Film
Language: Arabic English Sub-Titles
In the summer of 1967, Israeli forces seize control of the Gaza Strip and the Sinai Peninsula from Egypt, the West Bank and East Jerusalem from Jordan, and the Golan Heights from Syria. Thousands of Palestinians pour into Jordan, some separated from their families by the chaos of war. Among them are 11-year-old Tarek and his mother Ghaydaa, who wind up in the Harir refugee camp.
Although he looks angelic, Tarek is not an easy child. When he secretly sets out to search for his father, he discovers a clandestine site in the Dibeen Forest where volunteers from the refugee camps receive military training in order to become freedom fighters and liberate their lands. Colored by Tarek’s rosy romanticism, the training camp and its combatants resemble a friendly Sixties-style commune where the pint-sized Tarek is treated as a comrade-in-arms.
Palestine’s first female director, Jacir wraps her underlying theme - the tragedy of being unable to return to ancestral land – in an extremely sympathetic package.
Winner: Best Director, Abu Dhabi Film Festival
DIRECTOR: Annemarie Jacir
Producer: Ossama Bawardi
Editor: Annemarie Jacir, Panos Voutsaras
Screenwriter: Annemarie Jacir
Cinematographer: Helene Louvart
Music: Kamran Rastegar
Principal Cast: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Anas Algaralleh
Filmography: Salt of This Sea (2008)
Print Source: The Match Factory - www.the-match-factory.com
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