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Jordanian Film Wins Best Asian Film at Berlin Int'l Film Festival

[3/6/2013 12:00:00 AM]

AMMONNEWS - For the first time ever, a Jordanian film has won an award the prestigious Berlin International Film Festival.

Amman-based filmmaker Annemarie Jacir walked away with the Netpac Award for Best Asian Film, dedicating the award at the closing ceremony to her "cast and crew in Jordan and Palestine, and in particular to Mahmoud Asfa from Irbid", for her film "When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak)". Asfa plays the lead role in the film.

When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) is entirely set in Jordan and was made with a local cast and crew and follows the story of a young boy and his mother in 1967.

The statement from the jury read:

"As best Asian film in the Berlinale Forum 2013 we have unanimously chosen the beautiful and courageous LAMMA SHOFTAK ("When I Saw You") by Annemarie Jacir for its humanity and finely crafted depiction of hope, yearning and belief in a better future.

We were all impressed by the film's distinctive narrative perspective: that of conveying the longing for freedom of an oppressed people in an era when idealism, solidarity and justice still had meaning and belonged to a united opposition, while focusing on the passionate spirit of an innocent young boy who rejects the prevailing circumstances.

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When I Saw You: A production of Philistine Films/ Lamma Shoftak Company

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