Annemarie Jacir's 'When I Saw You' to Open London's Birds Eye View Film Fest

When I Saw You Film Still - H 2012

When I Saw You Film Still - H 2012

The Palestinian writer-director's movie will open the annual event, which this year focuses on Arab female filmmakers.

LONDON -- Birds Eye View Film Festival, an event dreamt up by women and designed to celebrate international female filmmakers, will open this year's shindig with Palestinian writer and director Annemarie Jacir’s When I Saw You.

Set in 1967, Jacir's movie tells the story of a young Palestinian boy and his mother living in a refugee camp in Jordan. Desperate to return home to find his absent father, the boy runs away from the camp.

Birds Eye View organizers said this year the event will focus on Arab women filmmakers, with Jacir's film making its U.K. debut April 3 to open the festival.

Jacir's movie unspooled at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012 and also won a best Asian movie award during last month's Berlinale.

The festival, held at venues across the British capital, runs April 3 through 10.

The event closes with a gala screening of Susan Youssef's Habiba (Darling, Something's Wrong With Your Head).