Natalie Kfoury – Co-Editor-in-Chief
The Honors Writing course, taught by Professor Salam Mir, recently took a trip to the Museum of Fine Arts to see the Palestinian film ‘When I Saw You,” directed by Annemarie Jacir.
The viewing of this film went along with the class’ focus on multicultural perspectives, according to Grace Hogan, a member of the class. The film captured the topics discussed in class, making the trip a powerful connected learning experience.
“When I Saw You” was selected as the Palestinian entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 85th Academy Awards. The film is set in 1967 at a time when thousands of Palestinian refugees went into Jordan. It is about a young boy and his mother who are separated from his father during the ordeal. The film follows the boy and his mother as they search for not only the father, but their freedom.
“[The film] gave us the incentive to respect those from other backgrounds and ethnicities,” said Hogan. “It also showed me that all humans, no matter where they are from, are looking for a home, and a place to belong.”
Amy MacDonald another member of the class said she felt the young boy’s determination to return to his homeland represented the continuous hope Palestinians have for their future.
Hailey Bowie felt that it was shocking to see someone so young fight for his freedom and to get his country back as that was nothing a modern American would have to experience.
In addition to viewing the film, the class got to see a Picasso that was discussed early on in the class. Hogan expressed this was a special moment for all, as it was impacting to bring the whole class and experience seeing the painting up close together.
“I thought connecting them with a film that depicts multicultural human relations would be something good to add onto the class themes we had been talking about his semester,” said Mir. “The students were very excited about it and it was great.”