When I saw When I Saw You (ISA: The Match Factory) in Toronto, I wrote about its director Annemarie Jacir ♀, as a Woman to Watch. Jacir is part of a new wave of Arab filmmakers who have made a name on the international scene. She earned her MFA in film at Columbia University in New York City. She lives in Jordan after being exiled from Israel, which opposed the politics in her films. Jacir was named one of Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema and Variety's Rab Pack: The Arab New Wave.
The child (Mahmoud Asfa) who runs away from the refugee camp where he and his mother are placed in order to return home to find his (presumed dead) father was remarkable and carried much of the film. I am happy to hear he's exploring beyond the Middle Eastern lands. This is the first time a Jordanian actor has been nominated for the Young Artists Award in California. Mahmoud Asfa, from Irbid, is one of only five nominees, selected for his role in the award-winning Jordanian-Palestinian co-production When I Saw You (Lamma Shoftak) written and directed by Annemarie Jacir.
The Award Envelopes will be opened on Sunday, May 5, 2013 in the Empire Ballroom of the Sportsmen's Lodge Hotel, Studio City, California. Congratulations Mahmoud Asfa and best of luck at the 34th Annual Awards!
BEST PERFORMANCE IN AN INTERNATIONAL FEATURE FILM
Young Actor Nominees
"When I Saw You" ( لما شفتك ) "Infancia Clandestina" (Clandestine Childhood) "Kauwboy" (Jackdaw Boy) "Monsieur Lazhar" (Mister Lazhar) "Les Pee-Wee 3D"
The Young Artist Foundation together with The Social Relations of Knowledge Institute, Inc. congratulates all Nominees.