Jordan, 1967: displaced in a refugee camp after the occupation of their West Bank village, an 11-year old boy and his mother enact the emancipating dream that every refugee has imagined countless times. –TIFF
Annemarie Jacir (Arabic: آن ماري جاسر) was born on January 17, 1974, she is a Palestinian filmmaker and poet.
She has been working in independent cinema since 1994 and has written, directed and produced a number of award-winning films including Until When, A Few Crumbs for the Birds, and a Post Oslo History. She was named one of Filmmaker magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Cinema. Her short film, like twenty impossibles, the first Palestinian short film to be selected in Competition as an official selection of the Cannes International Film Festival (Cinefondation), went on to be a Student Academy Awards Finalist, and has won more than 15 awards at International festivals including Best Film at the Palm Springs International Festival of Short Films, Chicago International Film Festival, Institute Du Monde Arabe Biennale, Mannheim-Heidelberg Film Festival, and IFP/New York. like twenty impossibles was named one of the ten best films of 2003 by Gavin Smith of Film Comment Magazine… read more
The little guy who plays Tarek is a great find. Lucky, because the film relies heavily on his spunk and charisma + Great chemistry between Mahmoud Asfa (Tarek) and Ruba Blal, the wonderful actress who plays his mother. I’ve really enjoyed the dynamic between those two and the humour that finds its way throughout the film. This is not groundbreaking cinema but it’s earnest and the tone is hopeful without being sappy.