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Theatrical Release in Palestine of the feature documentary „Cinema Jenin – The Story of a Dream“

Saturday, February 25th, 2012

Dear Friends of Cinema Jenin,

We are happy to announce the GRAND PREMIER of the feature documentary CINEMA JENIN – The Story of a Dream on April 5, 2012 in Jenin, Palestine. It is as well the official date of the theatrical release in Palestine. The film is dedicated to Juliano Mer-Khamis.

It was a daring idea, reopening a cinema in a place caught in a spiral of violence, hopelessness and injustice. Yet it was the unprecedented gestures of the Palestinian father Ismael Khateeb that encouraged many people to support this brave undertaking and to help make this dream become reality. It took three years, from inception to the present day. These three years have been documented in a film. It is a film depicting moments of euphoria beyond words but also those of deep disappointment.
On August 5, 2010 Cinema Jenin celebrated its reopening with hundreds of local and foreign guests and broad international media coverage. However nine months later, on April 4, 2011 Juliano Mer-Khamis, the director of the Freedom Theater in Jenin, was murdered in broad daylight by unknown assassins. The death of Juliano was an indescribable shock loosing a friend who committed himself for the kids in Jenin.

We would like to thank sincerely for the continued support of the project CINEMA JENIN, also in this difficult period. With this support we were able to continue our work in Jenin and to build a team around our Project Manager Dr. Lamei Assir, whose wages are secured for one year thanks to the Foreign Office of Germany.
Cinema Jenin and its accompanying projects are still in their early stages. In order to establish Cinema Jenin as an economically viable and self-supporting project, we still need financial, conceptual, and personal support to continue our work. The tasks include further training of the Palestinian team in managing the cinema and the cultural events, ensuring a diverse film program and proceeding with film and theatre workshops, developing educational activities as well as professional training opportunities, and much more. We have designed a business plan that contains a minimal first budget of 50.000 EUR. The guest house, cafeteria, the LED-Screen and our solar power system ought to serve as additional source of income. In our “Adopt a chair” – program there are still chairs available.

If only 100 of the 200 remaining chairs will be adopted the financial situation of Cinema Jenin will be secured until end of 2013. Please download our Financial Report from our website in order to get an overview of what we have reached in the last three years. If you are interested in attending the Jenin Premiere of CINEMA JENIN – The Story of a Dream please write to press@cinemajenin.org

Marcus Vetter & Dr. Lamei Assir
(Cinema Jenin e.V / Cinema Jenin Palestine)

Here you can find the fact about Cinema Jenin – The Story of a Dream

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CINEMA JENIN – The Story of a dream | World Premiere 22.Nov.2011 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (idfa)

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

Dear friends of Cinema Jenin!

we proudly announce the Worldpremier of the film CINEMA JENIN – The Story of a Dream on November 22 in the section “International Competition” of the 24th International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (idfa).

The dream of reopening the old cinema in Jenin/Palestine began with the critically acclaimed film “Heart of Jenin” (2010 German Film Award). The documentary film tells the story of Ismael Khateeb, a resident of the Jenin refugee camp, whose 11-year-old son Ahmed was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in 2005. Ismael and his wife decided to donate their son’s organs to Israeli children- a gesture of peace and reconciliation. The film helped to spread the message across the world. Jenin itself, however, still lacked a proper place to show its very own story. Therefore, Ismael Khatib, his translator Fakhri Hamad and filmmaker Marcus Vetter decided to bring the old cinema in the heart of the city back to life. Cinema Jenin is meant to be a place for the people, with much to offer: culture, fun, education, job opportunities, and a bridge to the wide world behind the wall.

The film CINEMA JENIN tells this story from the very first moment. It becomes a drawn-out process, as the German director at the center of his own story encounters complex cultural relationships and sentiments. Initially, he doesn’t understand many Palestinian customs and he gets taken to task for it on several occasions. What’s more, the involvement of foreign parties is a delicate issue for many Palestinians – especially when it comes to Israel. Although the new cinema is supposed to welcome everyone, the enterprise prompts reactions that reveal the painful nature of the relationship between Palestine and Israel. The word “peace” becomes extremely charged, and the initiators Ismael, Fakhri and Marcus have to take care that the social project doesn’t turn into a political one. These and other problems need to be solved with the help of a few big names, lots of volunteers, and even more cigarettes. (IDFA)

CINEMA JENIN is produced by BOOMTOWN MEDIA, FILMPERSPEKTIVE and CINEPHIL in co-production with SWR | BR | NDR | arte, SENATOR FILM PRODUKTION and YES TV.
Funded by MFG BADEN-WÜRTTEMBERG, MEDIENBOARD BERLIN-BRANDENBURG, DFFF DEUTSCHER FILMFÖRDERFONS, BKM, RABINOVICH FOUNDATION and SUNDANCE INSTITUTE.

We would like to thank all the generous supporters, sponsors and volunteers. Without their support Cinema Jenin would not have been possible!

Cinema Jenin and its accompanying projects are still in their early stages. In order to establish Cinema Jenin as an economically viable and self-supporting project, Cinema Jenin still need financial, conceptual, and personal support to continue our work. The tasks include further training of the Palestinian team in managing the cinema and organizing cultural events, ensuring a diverse film program, proceeding with film and theatre workshops, developing educational activities as well as professional training opportunities, and much more.

Sincerely
Your Cinema Jenin Team

Screenings in Amsterdam

20/11 – 12:00 Industry screening
22/11 – 17:15 World Premier in Tuschinski 1
24/11 – 11:30 Extended Q&A

More information: www.idfa.nl

Filmcredits:
Director Marcus Vetter
Photography Alex Bakri
Editing Saskia Metten
Music Avi Balleli
Production Philippa Kowarsky for Cinephil
Thomas Grube for Boomtownmedia
Uwe Dierks for Boomtownmedia

Involved TV Channel

Yes Docu
BR
ARTE
SWR

“CINEMA JENIN – The Movie” press conference on Tuesday, February 15 2011 in Berlin

Monday, February 7th, 2011

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The CINEMA JENIN reopened in August 2010 after twenty years, attracting broad international attention. Built in the 1960s, the cinema used to be considered one of the major film theatres in Palestine, until it was closed down in 1987 with the outbreak of the first Intifada. Initiators of the project are the film-maker Marcus Vetter and Jenin resident Ismael Khateeb. The idea to rebuild the old cinema in Jenin / West Bank as a cultural centre developed in the context of the moving documentary THE HEART OF JENIN that received inter alia the German Film Award 2010 and the Cinema for Peace Award. The documentary tells the story of Ismal Khateeb’s 12-year old son Ahmed, who was shot dead in 2005 by Israeli soldiers in the refugee camp of Jenin whilst playing with a toy gun. Khateeb and his wife decided to donate their son’s organs to Israeli children so as to safe their lives.

The documentary CINEMA JENIN, that is currently in the making, portrays how, owing to the dedication of countless of volunteers and generous supporters, a decayed pigeon paradise was turned into a state-of-the-art cinema and cultural centre – with its very own film production, a Guesthouse, an integrated media library run by the Goethe-Institut and an emerging film school.

SENATOR FILM DISTRIBUTION and Cinema Jenin e.V. are pleased to invite you to a press conference to inform you about the current situation and about upcoming projects.

Tuesday, February 15, 11 am at the Hackesche Höfe, Kino 2, Rosenthaler Straße 40-41, 10178 Berlin

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