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Completed - ARABIC - Drama - 93 minutes

Log Line

Jordan, 1967. Some people follow the masses, others the sun.
Tarek, 11, eccentric and unbounded, runs away from a refugee camp in this search for freedom.
A journey of the human spirit that knows no borders.

Previous markets

  • Toronto 2012 (Premiere)
  • AFM 2012 (Screening)
  • Berlin EFM 2013 (Screening)
Full history

Year of production : 2012

Director(s) : Annemarie JACIR
Writer(s) : Annemarie JACIR
Cast : Mahmoud ASFA, Ruba BLAL, Saleh BAKRI

Producer(s) : Ossama BAWARDI (Lamma Shoftak LLC)


Jordan, 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.
When I Saw You is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. A journey full of adventure, love, humor, and the desire to be free, but most of all this is a story about that moment in a person's life when he wakes up and finds the whole world is open and everything is possible - that moment you feel most alive.


Country(ies) : PALESTINE, JORDAN


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Festivals and Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2012 Contemporary World Cinema
Abu Dhabi FF 2012 - New Horizons (Best Film from the Arab World)
Sao Paulo IFF 2012 Competition New Directors
Cairo IFF 2012 - Arab Feature Film Int'l Comp. (Special Mention)
Palm Spring Fest. 2013 Best Foreign Language Film
Berlinale - EFM 2013 Forum

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