When I Saw You
Feature Film, Palestine/Jordan 2012, 93 minutes
BERLINALE 2013 / Forum
Synopsis
Together with his mother Tarek (11) has to flee from Palestine to Jordan. Having been separated from his beloved father in the chaos of war, Tarek has difficulties adjusting to life in a refugee camp between thousands of tents and prefab houses.The intelligent boy feels terribly unchallenged in the improvised camp school and is finally expelled because of his rebellious behaviour. From now on he is on his own. Tarek longs for just being a child, he can't handle all those borders around him. The freedom-loving child is also bothered by all the rules that are layed down by his mother. Thus Tarek decides to leave the camp on his own account and to look for his father. His longing for a better life, his curiosity and his courage lead the boy to a group of like-minded people who he encounters in the desert. Together they embark on a journey that will change their life forever. 
WHEN I SAW YOU is a story of desire, an adventurous journey with the aspiration to be free.
Cast
Tarek
Mahmoud Asfa
Ghaydaa (Um Tarek)
Ruba Blal
Layth
Saleh Bakri
Majed
Firas W. Taybeh
Abu Akram
Ali Elayan
Zain
Ruba Shamshoum
Toussaint
Ahmad Srour
Mr. Nasser
Anas Algaralleh
Waleed
Waleed Ramahi
Credits
Director
Annemarie Jacir
Producer
Ossama Bawardi
Screenplay
Annemarie Jacir
Cinematographer
Helene Louvart
Music
Kamran Rastegar
Editor
Annemarie Jacir, Panos Voutsaras
Art Director
Hussein Baydoun
Costumes
Hamada Atallah
Sound
Kostas Varibopiotis, Raja Dubayeh
First Assistant Director
Rami Yasin
Production Company
Philistine Films
Executive Producers
Annemarie Jacir, Christos V. Konstantakopoulos
Coproducers
Rami Yasin, Sawsan Asfari, Maya Sanbar, Tarek Al Ghussein
Coproduction (Jordan/Greece/UAE)
Lamma Shoftak LLC, Faliro House Productions, Asfari Foundation, Cactus Films

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