When I Saw You
Lamma Shoftak
Palestine, 2014, 93 minutes, SD
When I Saw You Synopsis

1967. The world is alive and ripe with possibility--new music, style, hope. But in Jordan, thousands of refugees from Palestine are held waiting for their right to return to their homeland. Amidst this, a young boy yearns to be reunited with his father. Restlessly cooped up in the refugee camp, he secretly sets out on his own, and along the way, attaches himself to a group of young freedom fighters who take him under their wing. Together, they embark on a journey of adventure, driven by an unshakable resolve to be free.


Following on the acclaimed 'Salt of this Sea', writer and director Annemarie Jacir proves with When I Saw You that she has become a leader in Palestinian contemporary cinema. This heartfelt and moving film, Palestine's entry for the 2013 Academy Awards, is suffused with a distinct sense of this revolutionary time and place.

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Reviewed by josephcalingasa
An engaging dramedy that made me feel so lucky I didn't had to experience the life that Tarek went through! Life in a Harir refugee camp is definitely not a... more
An engaging dramedy that made me feel so lucky I didn't had to experience the life that Tarek went through! Life in a Harir refugee camp is definitely not a happy one, and for Tarek and his mother Ghayda it's doubly hard because the father is still unlocated.  Tarek's character is an interesting study, dyslexic but a math whiz. He sets out to look for his father and ends up in the company of freedom fighters. Director Jacir perfectly blends impressive cinematography and realistic actor portrayals to come up with a truly affecting film that will tug at the viewers' heartstrings. M. Asfa as Tarek is undoubtedly the film's strength but am also impressed with the mother's acting ability, portrayed by Ruba Blal. The director's poetic side also comes at play, as seen in the scene where the freedom fighters unwind and sing together in chorus through  a poetic song. Charming but also heartbreaking,  do try to check this out.  
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Reviewed by nikkareyes
A poignant tale of a boy named Tarek  from a refugee camp who wanders off in search of his father who's separated from him and his mother during the Israeli... more
A poignant tale of a boy named Tarek  from a refugee camp who wanders off in search of his father who's separated from him and his mother during the Israeli occupation. A bittersweet story and yet also sprinkled with a dash of good-natured humor at certain times. Jordanian actor  Mahmoud Asfa as Tarek delivers a candid portrayal  and has natural acting prowess; he is inquisitive, hopeful and optimistic. This earned for him a nomination at the Hollywood Young Artist Award, an amazing breakthrough for this sprightly and inquisitive actor. Paired with impressive cinematography and musical scoring,  this film garnered various awards at filmfests and notably at the Berlin International Fim Festival. This is a must-see! 
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