When I Saw You Review

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Jordan, 1967. Frustrated with life in a refugee camp, 11 year-old Palestinian Tark (Asfa) runs away to join the fedayee freedom fighters.


Palestine's official Academy Awards entry was this quietly affecting tale of an 11 year-old boy who joins the fedayee insurgents during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. It’s a worm’s-eye view of a seemingly senseless conflict, which resonates with the current Middle-East crisis.

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.