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Premiere Film Screening: When I Saw You
Mizna and the Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul present a special screening of When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) by acclaimed filmmaker, Annemarie Jacir. March 15, 7 p.m., St. Anthony Main Theatre.

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The coming-of-age story of an 11-year-old Palestinian boy in a refugee camp in Jordan of the '67 War. Tarek cannot fathom why it is that he and his mother Ghaydaa cannot go back to their home in Palestine to reunite with his father. His frustration with living in a camp, separated from his father, eventually persuades him to try to walk back to Palestine, in doing so encountering an adventure that opens his eyes to what has happened to his home and our eyes to what the experience of displacement does to a child.

"As a director, Jacir follows Tarek's story with rare deftness. Like Truffaut, she films the story from the height of a child; the faces of the older refugees, oppressive forces against his innocent curiosity, are seen from his perspective." —Slant Magazine

Run time: 93 minutes
Language: Arabic with English Subtitles
Country: Palestine/Jordan/Greece/UAE
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Annemarie Jacir is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter living in Jordan. She was named one of Filmmaker magazine's 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and 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. Jacir co-founded Philistine Films, an independent production company focusing on productions related to the Arab world which has been involved in numerous productions. Jacir also shot and produced the documentary Until When, an in-depth portrait of the lives of several families living in the Deheisha refugee camp. Her short film, like twenty impossibles (2003), the first Palestinian short film to be selected in Competition as an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival, went on to be a Student Academy Awards Finalist. The film screened at Mizna's 2nd Twin Cities Arab Film Festival, and Jacir was present at that screening for a Q&A.

This screening is co-presented by Mizna and the Film Society of Minneapolis/Saint Paul.
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