When I Saw You”: the new film by Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir
We are glad to announce that Pontas will be selling international distribution rights of When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak), the new film by Palestinian filmmaker Annemarie Jacir, at the Cannes Film Market – Marché du Film de Cannes 2011 !
The film, written and directed by Annemarie Jacir, is currently shooting in Jordan and produced by Philistine Films. The main cast: Ruba Blal, Saleh Bakri and Mahmoud Asfa.
About the film
It’s the 1960s, and the world is alive. Tarek, 12, and his mother Ghaydaa live in Jerash Refugee camp in Jordan. They are part of a new wave of refugees from Palestine. They have been separated from Tarek’s father.Tarek has high-functioning autism and is full of energy, enthusiasm and warmth. Despite his disability, he is charming and funny with a sharp sense of humor. Tarek’s mother Ghaydaa works at the Women’s Center sewing clothes and struggles to support her son. Being alone to take care of Tarek has caused her to be serious and protective. Ghaydaa has long ago lost a sense of hope. She has been separated from her husband - the love of her life - to politics and war, to all the things she wants nothing to do with. All Ghaydaa wants now is to provide a good life for her son, to work, survive, and pray that she is reunited with her husband. Part of Tarek’s disability means he cannot understand why they are refugees, or why they can’t go back home. He doesn’t understand the concept of borders and limits. He himself has no boundaries. He is truly a free soul. And one morning, that free soul wakes up and decides to go back home… he must find his father.