When I Saw You (Lamma Shof Tak)

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Director: Annemarie Jacir
Cast: Mahmoud Asfa, Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri
Genre: Drama
Language: Arabic with English subtitles
Country of Origin: Palestine, Jordan, Greece, UAE 2012 93 mins.
Winner Netpac Award Best Asia film 2013 Berlin International Film Festival, Palestinian 2013 Oscar Entry Best Foreign Language Film
Rating: ****
Released by NEW WAVE FILMS

'A tender and poignant coming of age drama against a backdrop of political anger.'

Sixties London saw an explosion in fashion and music and an infectious sense of hope and change. A universal celebration of a new era. In Jordan in 1967, tens of thousands of refugees poured across the border from Palestine.

11-year old Tarek (Mahmoud Asfa), separated from his father in the chaos of war and his mother Ghaydaa (Ruba Blal), are amongst this latest wave of refugees placed in Harir, a 'temporary' refugee camp until they can return. They wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. The free spirited Tarek longing to be reunited with his father, searches for a way out which leads him to a group of people, the Fedayee, Marxist Palestinian guerillas who will lead Tarek and Ghaydaa on a journey that will change their lives.

'When I saw You' isn't an incident filled feature film. It gently and effectively explores the main characters and the dilemma they're placed in after the Six Day War. There's is a desire to be free but they live in a fenced in ever lasting limbo.

Mahmoud Asfa's a revelation, a natural who brings to the screen Tarek, a boy with an innocent and adventurous curiosity thrust into a world of political anger who finds momentary freedom in a guerilla training camp.

A tender, poignant coming of age drama.

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Monday, September 8, 2014 (All day)