Subscribe now for exclusive offers and the best of cinema. The family lived as alien outsiders in Riyadh's closed society; their mother rebelled by decorating her hijab with appliqué flowers. When I Saw You, Annemarie Jacir / Palestine-Jordan-Greece-United Arab Emirates, 2012 Jordan, 1967. His tweet about her new movie, When I Saw You. Submissions will be judged on creativity, entertainment value, original storytelling and production values. Entries can be submitted by the producer or director, who must provide proof of residence in the MENA. A major condition one often hears about Western protagonists is that they must be ‘likeable’ or ‘relatable’. I understand Shadi’s anger and his rejection of injustice. Definitely I wanted to capture that spirit.
At the same time, he’s traveled all this way because that is his wajib as the son. Her father grew up modestly, worked for UNRWA, the UN agency responsible for the refugee camps, then moved to Saudi Arabia.
Palestinian director Annemarie Jacir on working with father-and-son actors, political/comedic filmmaking and the bright future of the region’s cinema. “When I started out there was no infrastructure for young filmmakers, so I promised myself that I would help nurture one,” Jacir says.
But it wasn’t for me.
In 2011, renown Chinese director Zhang Yimou selected her to be his first protégée as part of the Rolex Arts Initiative. It’s a survival mechanism. She has served as a jury member to the Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Cph:dox) , the Alexandria Film Festival, the Damascus International Film Festival, Abu Dhabi Film Festival, Dubai International Film Festival, Osians Festival, as well as Cinecolor Award, Argentina. The future is very bright.
What made you think he would be right for this role? Aflamnah.com just announced that Annemarie Jacir’s second feature film “When I Saw You” is near-complete.
Her first apartment was close to Amman's fashionable Rainbow Street, the equivalent of London's Hoxton. (Wajib is an Arabic word meaning duty.)
It's an example that typifies the whole film — and how Jacir is able to tweak genre convention to show us something new.
Two of her films have premiered as Official Selections in Cannes, one in Berlin and in Venice, Locarno, and Telluride. I was standing there, like Tarek, looking at Palestine. ANNEMARIE JACIR.
What if a Palestinian refugee could go to the bank that froze her family's account [in 1948] and reclaim what was stolen?
Yet her work shows that she has a profound connection with, and clear view of, the importance of history and its political and social obligations.  Journalists keep asking me: “When will you make a film that is not political?” I don’t understand the question at all. It's a very romantic view of the outsider, I suggest. She ponders, then nods.
All rights reserved. Annemarie Jacir is an independent filmmaker and screenwriter living in Jordan. What I also find is that people have a great need to try to encourage films about Palestine which “are not political”. He finds the townsfolks' gossip and obsession with keeping up appearances hard to bear, especially after living away from home for so long. Annemarie Jacir.
I’ve also read you talk about the many more Arab female directors working than we are often exposed to. What would you say is the main influence for that choice?
The Safar Film Festival runs 13-18 September 2018 at the ICA Cinema and Institut Français, London; Wajib screens on 15 September with a Q&A with Annemarie Jacir. The festival opened with the UK premiere of When I Saw You, a film by Annemarie Jacir who in 2007 became the first Palestinian woman to make a feature film.It is a beautiful meditation on hope in the Middle East conflict.