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WHEN I SAW YOU

by Annemarie Jacir

synopsis

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 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.

international title: When I Saw You
original title: Lamma shoftak
country: Palestine, Jordan, Greece, United Arab Emirates
sales agent: The Match Factory
year: 2012
genre: fiction
directed by: Annemarie Jacir
film run: 96'
release date: GB 15/04/2013, CH 12/06/2013, JO 13/06/2013, LB 15/018/2013
screenplay: Annemarie Jacir
cast: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri, Anas Algaralleh, Ali Elayan, Ruba Shamshoum, Ahmad Srour
cinematography by: Hélène Louvart
film editing: Annemarie Jacir, Panos Voutsaràs
art director: Hussein Baydoun
costumes designer: Hamada Atallah
producer: Ossama Bawardi
co-producer: Tariq Al Ghussein, Sawsan Asfari, Maya Sanbar, Rami Yasin
production: Faliro House Productions, Philistine Films/jordan
backing: Global Film Initiative, Visions Sud Est
distributor: Trigon Film, New Wave Films