SYNOPSIS: Jordan, 1967. The world is alive with change: brimming with reawakened energy, new styles, music and an infectious sense of hope. In Jordan, a different kind of change is underway as tens of thousands of refugees pour across the border from Palestine. Having been separated from his father in the chaos of war, Tarek, 11, and his mother Ghaydaa, are amongst this latest wave of refugees. Placed in “temporary” refugee camps made up of tents and prefab houses until they would be able to return, they wait, like the generation before them who arrived in 1948. With difficulties adjusting to life in Harir camp and a longing to be reunited with his father, Tarek searches a way out, and discovers a new hope emerging with the times. Eventually his free spirit and curious nature lead him to a group of people on a journey that will change their lives.
When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) is the story of people affected by the times around them, in search of something more in their lives. A journey full of adventure, love, humor, and the desire to be free, but most of all this is a story about that moment in a person's life when he wakes up and finds the whole world is open and everything is possible - that moment you feel most alive. It is a journey of the human spirit that knows no borders.
AWARDS & SELECTIONS: Winner BEST ASIAN FILM - BERLIN INT. FILM FESTIVAL NETPAC AWARD, Winner BEST ARAB FILM - ABU DHABI FILM FESTIVAL, Winner AUDIENCE AWARD (Prix du Public) - AMIENS INT. FILM FESTIVAL, Winner SIGNIS Award Best Film - AMIENS INT. FILM FESTIVAL, Nomination Best Children's Film - ASIAN PACIFIC SCREEN AWARDS, Winner World Cinema BEST PICTURE - PHOENIX INT. FILM FESTIVAL, Mahmoud Asfa nominated for YOUNG ARTIST AWARD for Leading Performance in Foreign Film, Winner BEST ACTOR (Mahmoud Asfa) - Olympia International Film Festival, Winner UNICEF Award - Olympia International Film Festival, Winner SPECIAL JURY PRIZE - ORAN FESTIVAL OF ARAB CINEMA, Winner JURY PRIZE - CAIRO INT. FILM FESTIVAL, Winner - Tunisian Film Critics Don Quixote Award - CARTHAGE INT. FILM FESTIVAL, PALESTINE's 2013 OSCAR ENTRY for Foreign Language Film.