By Annemarie JACIR


Drama - Completed 2012

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.

& Awards

Toronto - TIFF 2012
Contemporary World Cinema
Abu Dhabi FF 2012
New Horizons Best Film from the Arab World
Sao Paulo IFF 2012
New Directors Competition
Cairo IFF 2012
Arab Feature Film Int'l Comp. Special Mention
Palm Spring IFF 2013
Best Foreign Language Film
Berlinale - Berlin IFF 2013
Berlinale 2013
    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • Languages
    • ARABIC
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 93 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Annemarie JACIR
    • Writer(s)
    • Annemarie JACIR
    • Producer(s)
    • Ossama BAWARDI (Lamma Shoftak LLC)
    • Synopsis
    • 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.