When I Saw You
"When I Saw You is cinematic poetry. Beautiful, groundbreaking and deeply, deeply moving."
— The Huffington Post
The setting is 1967 and at a refugee camp near Amman, Jordan. New refugees are arriving frequently in the aftermath of the six-day war – joining some who came after the Nakba. Ghaydaa and her 11-year-old son Tarek are among the new arrivals. They don't know what happened to their husband/father; perhaps he was killed in the fighting.
Tarek is a precocious child; he has his schoolwork aced, sometimes to the chagrin of his teacher. Tarek doesn't understand why they can't go back home and find his father and a teacher he liked better. "We came on foot, why can't we go back on foot?"
He sets out alone and comes across a fedayee militia, which takes him under their care. They're training in the woods, using some Russian-supplied weapons, in hopes of fighting to return to Palestine.
The story explores Palestinian exiles' longing to return home.
- Annemarie Jacir, director; via Skype
- Sunday, November 16, 2:00 p.m.
- The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue, Rochester NY
- Film run time: 1 hour 38 minutes
- Style: narrative
- Languages: In Arabic with English subtitles. Sign language interpreter provided for the introduction before and discussion after the film
- Format: video projection from DVD
- Year released: 2012
- Tickets WPFS pass or $8 student, $10 others from The Little box office
More information is available on the official web site.