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When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)

Hilal - ages 13+

للترجمة العربية اضغط على

Annemarie Jacir / Feature Narrative / Palestine, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Greece / 2012 / 93 min / Colour / DCP
In Arabic / English subtitles
Interests: Middle Eastern, History, Youth, Adventure, Family, Friendship
Qatar Premiere
Rated: Parental guidance is advised for viewers under the age of 13. Individuals under the age of 13 are not admitted into cinemas unless accompanied by an individual aged 18 or older.

Screenings

  • Thu, Nov 28, 08:45 PM, Katara Drama Theatre (K16-DT)
    Tickets sales closed
  • Sat, Nov 30, 05:15 PM, Katara 12 Theatre A (K12-A)
    Tickets sales closed

Synopsis

In Competition

Jordan 1967: Eleven-year-old Tarek is one of thousands of refugees pouring across the border from Palestine. Stranded with his mother in a camp, he spends his days playing with bricks and ants, standing in line for plates of food, or waiting for the arrival of trucks that could be carrying his father. Tarek hates this life – his dumb teacher, the slimy food and, most of all, the patience of the other refugees. When he meets an older woman who has been in the camp for more than two decades, he decides it’s time to leave. He finds his way to a training camp of Fedayeen determined to win their land back, and when his mother tracks him down there, she senses that this rebel group is giving her son new hope.

In a contained setting, ‘When I Saw You’ tells the story of a willful boy who refuses to give up his dreams of returning home. Director Annemarie Jacir’s point of view on the occupation is clear, but rather than providing an explicit political statement about the current situation in the West Bank or Gaza, she focuses on the paradigmatic, unyielding desire of a Palestinian kid in the late 60s to go home and be with his father.

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About the Directors

Annemarie Jacir has written, directed and produced more than 14 films. Named one of ‘Filmmaker’ magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, two of her films have premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, one in Venice and one in Berlin. Her first feature, ‘Salt of this Sea’ (2008), premiered in Cannes and was Palestine’s 2008 Oscar entry. In 2011, renowned Chinese director Zhang Yimou selected her to be his first protégée. ‘When I Saw You’ won the NETPAC Award at the Berlin International Film Festival and a Special Award at the Cairo International Film Festival.

Credits

Director
Annemarie Jacir
Screenwriter
Annemarie Jacir
Producer
Ossama Bawardi
Editor
Panos Voutsaros, Annemarie Jacir
Music
Kamran Rastegar
Cinematographer
Helene Louvart
Sales Company
The Match Factory
Production Company
Philistine Films
Cast
Mahmoud Asfa, Saleh Bakri, Ruba Blal

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