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When I Saw You [DVD]

Mahmoud Asfa , Saleh Bakri , Annemarie Jacir    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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  • Actors: Mahmoud Asfa, Saleh Bakri, Ruba Blal
  • Directors: Annemarie Jacir
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic, English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: New Wave Films
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • ASIN: B00JOE7FV0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,545 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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1967. The world is alive and ripe with possibility--new music, style, hope. But in Jordan, thousands of refugees from Palestine are held waiting for their right to return to their homeland. Amidst this, a young boy yearns to be reunited with his father. Restlessly cooped up in the refugee camp, he secretly sets out on his own, and along the way, attaches himself to a group of young freedom fighters who take him under their wing. Together, they embark on a journey of adventure, driven by an unshakable resolve to be free.

Following on the acclaimed Salt of this Sea, writer and director Annemarie Jacir proves with When I Saw You that she has become a leader in Palestinian contemporary cinema. This heartfelt and moving film, Palestine's entry for the 2013 Academy Awards, is suffused with a distinct sense of this revolutionary time and place.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Palestinian Tale of the 1967 War. 12 Sep 2014
By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER
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Set in 1967 we meet Tarek who has been forced to flee Palestine due to the ongoing war. He is in the Harir refugee camp in Jordan with his mother. They have been separated from his beloved father who has stayed behind to fight the invader i.e. Israel.

He is gifted at maths but suffers from dyslexia which makes him unpopular at school. He is going stir crazy in the camp and so decides to go home. He seems to have no grasp on reality when it comes to the dangers of the situation and has that boldness that only youth can bring to all situations. Once his mind is made up there is no stopping him.

There is a lot here to like, the representations of the fledgling Palestine Liberation front are all done with an understated understanding of the historical context, the Israelis are not represented as horned devils and are only really alluded to. The mother of Tarek gets to show the most of her acting abilities by the sheer range of emotions she has to deal with. The whole film has high production values and a genuine warmth for the most part - the ending has been criticised, but to say why would be a massive plot spoiler - and I think it is down to taste. It is in Arabic and English with good subtitles. This is very nearly a five star but because of the issues mentioned above it gets a four - recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Shows well the Palestinian longings for return 18 Jun 2014
By Time for Truth - Published on Amazon.com
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I just saw it and I would highly recommend it. Mahmoud Asaf is extraordinary in portraying the boy in the refugee camp who longs to find his father back home. In the role the boy is very precocious and the young actor brings many laughs with his fearless command of situations. It shows the desperation and terrible injustice of life as a refugee. Though it ends on a potentially hopeful note, some might quibble and demand a decisive happy ending. But in the conclusion chosen, the film accurately portrays the situation in which Palestinians now live--many now understand their plight but most know that obstacles to relief, even apartheid walls, are not likely to fall tomorrow.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Palestinian Tale of the 1967 War 13 Sep 2014
By Tommy Dooley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Set in 1967 we meet Tarek who has been forced to flee Palestine due to the ongoing war. He is in the Harir refugee camp in Jordan with his mother. They have been separated from his beloved father who has stayed behind to fight the invader i.e. Israel.

He is gifted at maths but suffers from dyslexia which makes him unpopular at school. He is going stir crazy in the camp and so decides to go home. He seems to have no grasp on reality when it comes to the dangers of the situation and has that boldness that only youth can bring to all situations. Once his mind is made up there is no stopping him.

There is a lot here to like, the representations of the fledgling Palestine Liberation front are all done with an understated understanding of the historical context, the Israelis are not represented as horned devils and are only really alluded to. The mother of Tarek gets to show the most of her acting abilities by the sheer range of emotions she has to deal with. The whole film has high production values and a genuine warmth for the most part - the ending has been criticised, but to say why would be a massive plot spoiler - and I think it is down to taste. It is in Arabic and English with good subtitles. This is very nearly a five star but because of the issues mentioned above it gets a four - recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars This movie was great though I would've loved to have seen more about ... 5 Oct 2014
By stephany sheriff - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie was great though I would've loved to have seen more about life at the actual refugee camp and I wish the ending didn't leave me yearning for more!
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