Winner of two awards at Amiens Int. Film festival - Audience Award (Prix du Public) and SIGNIS Award for Best Film
Mahmoud Asfa, who plays the lead role of Tarek in When I Saw You has been nominated for the Young Artists Award in California. After being short-listed, Mahmoud is one of only five final nominees up for the award.
When I Saw You marks Mahmoud's debut acting role. He lives with his family in the Palestinian refugee camp Irbid in Jordan.
Asfa is a finalist for "Best Performance In An International Feature Film". The Young Artist Awards, established 34 years ago in the vein of the Academy Awards, is the first award show to celebrate and honor young artists under the age of 18 in television, motion pictures, theater and music.
For a full list of nominees: Young Artist Awards
The Award Envelopes will be opened on Sunday, May 5, 2013
We congratulate Mahmoud Asfa and wish him the best of luck at the 34th Annual Awards!
When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) was awarded the NETPAC Prize for BEST ASIAN FILM at the Berlin International Film Festival.
The jury presented the award to writer/director Annemarie Jacir at the closing ceremony stating their decision was unanimous. Jacir dedicated the award to the cast and crew in Jordan and Palestine and in particular Mahmoud Asfa and his family. Asfa lives in Irbid refugee camp in Jordan and plays the role of Tarek in the film.
"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.
We were also all deeply moved by the extraordinary performances of the boy and his mother, played by Mahmoud Asfa' and Ruba Blal."