Around Town: Palestinian Oscar Entry "When I Saw You" Opens in NYC at MoMA

Wed, January 15, 2014 7:00 pm at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)

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WHEN I SAW YOU opens on Jan. 15th at the MoMA

Directed by Annemarie Jacir (in attendance), and starring Saleh Bakri, Ruba Blal, and Mahmoud Asfa

Palestine, 2013, 96min. (Arabic with English subtitles)

Annemarie Jacir is part of a wave of Arab filmmakers who set their films in the region and push stylistic and narrative boundaries—winning regional and international awards and accolades in the process. The Jordan-based filmmaker’s second feature, When I Saw You, is set in 1967, when tens of thousands of refugees from Palestine poured into camps in Jordan. Amid the chaos of war, 11-year-old Tarek is separated from his father. Stranded with his mother (an impressive Ruba Blal) in the confined space of the Harir camp, the free-spirited Tarek soon bolts into the surrounding forest in search of his father. His mother follows, and their journey toward home becomes a deeply affecting search for freedom. Remarkable in terms of both craft and dramatic tension, this poignant film is filled with a sense of defiance and hope.

When I Saw You most notably won the NETPAC award for BEST ASIAN FILM at the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival and was Palestine's 2013 Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film. The film won BEST ARAB FILM at the Abu Dhabi Int. Film Festival and continued on to sweep awards across the Arab world's major film festivals including Cairo, Oran, and Carthage. Additionally, actor Mahmoud Asfa was nominated for the Young Artists Awards in Los Angeles for his role.

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“The final image provides a defiant message about the refusal to give up hope of a return home. And yet even without the powerful and astute political and psychological message, the film works as an effective and heart-rendering family drama. It's one of the of the best works to come out of the explosion of filmmaking in the Middle East!" – Indiewire

“A touching, beautiful masterpiece of a film. When I Saw You is cinematic poetry. Beautiful, groundbreaking and deeply, deeply moving.” – The Huffington Post



Jacir is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter living in Jordan. Named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema, two of her films have premiered as Official Selections at the Cannes Film Festival, one as an Academy Award qualifier, and one in Venice. Her first feature film, Salt of this Sea, was Palestine’s Official Oscar Entry for Best Foreign Language Film and was also noted as the first feature film directed by a Palestinian woman. Salt of this Sea won the prestigious FIPRESCI Critic’s Prize, as well as Best Film in Milan, Best Film in Traverse City and the Special Jury Prizes at both the Osians Asian & Arab Film Festival and Oran Festival of Arab Cinema. The film has won numerous other awards including Best Screenplay (Dubai), the Randa Chahal Prize (Carthage International Film Festival), Cinema in Motion Awards (San Sebastian), Sopadin Grand Prize Best Screenplay nomination and Audience Awards at Houston Palestine Film Festival, Chicago Palestine Film Festival, and Cairo Refugee Festival. The film was released theatrically in cinemas in Europe, Asia, and the USA...more

For NYC screenings at the Museum of Modern Art, NYC

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Wednesday, January 15, 2014, 7:00 p.m. (Introduced by Jacir)
Thursday, January 16, 2014, 4:30 p.m.,
Friday, January 17, 2014, 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 18, 2014, 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, January 19, 2014, 2:30 p.m.
Monday, January 20, 2014, 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 7:00 p.m.2
Wednesday, January 22, 2014, 7:00 p.m.

Last updated: 2014-01-14 01:01:43

When I Saw You
When I Saw You
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