Friday, April 5, 2013

Palestinian Film When I Saw You at DC Filmfest

The US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is proud to be a Community Partner for this year's 27th Annual FilmFest DC, which will feature more than 80 movies, documentaries, comedies, and shorts from across the world. 

This year's films entries include When I Saw You, directed by Palestinian filmmaker and poet Annemarie Jacir. 

In Jacir's moving follow-up to her award-winning debut
Salt of This Sea, a
young boy and his mother personify the emancipating dream every refugee has imagined. Displaced to a Jordanian refugee camp in 1967, free-spirited Tarek and his mother temporarily settle in the Harir camp, and in the chaos they are separated from Tarek's father. They anxiously wait to be reunited with him but to no avail. A few miles away, in the encampments that border Israel, the atmosphere is radically different as Palestinian freedom fighters train for battle. When Tarek and his mother cross paths with the combatants, the boy chooses to stay with them, forcing his mother to follow suit. When I Saw You is a mature, moving evocation of the very real barriers surrounding the Arab diaspora and the life-affirming spirit of those who struggle to break free of them. -Toronto International Film Festival

The film is in Arabic with English subtitles and will be showing
Tuesday, April 16 and Wednesday, April 17 at 6:30pm at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th Street NW). Find more information and buy tickets at

Our member group
The Palestine Center will also be hosting a discussion with Jacir on Thursday, April 18 at 12:30pm. Find details and RSVP here