When I Saw You. 2012. Palestine/Jordan. Written and directed by Annemarie Jacir

Annemarie Jacir is part of a wave of Arab filmmakers who set their films in the region and push stylistic and narrative boundaries—winning regional and international awards and accolades in the process. The Jordan-based filmmaker’s second feature, When I Saw You, is set in 1967, when tens of thousands of refugees from Palestine poured into camps in Jordan. Amid the chaos of war, 11-year-old Tarek is separated from his father. Stranded with his mother (an impressive Ruba Blal) in the confined space of the Harir camp, the free-spirited Tarek soon bolts into the surrounding forest in search of his father. His mother follows, and their journey toward home becomes a deeply affecting search for freedom. Remarkable in terms of both craft and dramatic tension, this poignant film is filled with a sense of defiance and hope.

Organized by Jytte Jensen, Curator, Department of Film.

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