When I Saw You (2012)




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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 him 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.
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Philistine Films

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Ruba Blal
as Ghaydaa
Saleh Bakri
as Layth
Ali Elayan
as Abu Akram

Critic Reviews for When I Saw You

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (3)

When war or other disasters strike, children suffer the most. Uncomprehending, powerless, they can only endure.

Full Review… | April 17, 2014
Boston Globe
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Here's a story of refugee life from the perspective of a brash and attentive kid, one just discovering - and often rejecting - the political realities grown-ups accept.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
Village Voice
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A soft-centered child's-eye view of alienation, toughened by fine acting and Hélène Louvart's full-bodied photography.

Full Review… | January 14, 2014
New York Times
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An earnest piece of social realism from a child's point of view.

Full Review… | June 8, 2014

Political without point-scoring, Jacir remains true to a child's-eye view, with Asfa's delightful, exuberant performance always upfront.

Full Review… | June 6, 2014
Total Film

Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir's second film is slight yet significant - and, because of the situation in Syria, timely - story about a boy whose courage inspires hope among the hopeless.

Full Review… | June 5, 2014
Empire Magazine

Audience Reviews for When I Saw You

Another great movie by Annemarie Jacir! This movie does a great job shinning the light on the perspective of a boy from a refugee camp in '67. Highly recommend this movie!

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