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Newsletter November 2013: Music and Theatre at Cinema Jenin

Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Dear Cinema Jenin friends and supporters,
We are happy to be able to send you the latest Cinema Jenin newsletter written from our team in Jenin under the direction of Dr. Lamei Assir.

Watch here the latest Newsletter from Cinema Jenin

During the past year, Cinema Jenin was able to develop the city of Jenin into a cultural epicenter by creating a regular Movie program and bringing Music and Theatre into the Cinema. An impressive event this year, was the Premier of “Peter Pan” on April 4th, 2013. “Peter Pan” is a musical play prepared and performed by the Freedom Theater. The troupe combined stage action with the big screen in a virtuosic way, creating an unforgettable performance.

The Teaser can be viewed here:

A further Highlight in the last year was the Dresdner Symphoniker concert, which had it’s premier in Cinema Jenin on June 2nd . It was supported by the German Kulturstiftung des Bundes…

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AL Nakba Day 15th of May “A Day To Remind”

Thursday, May 10th, 2012

2012 marks the 64th anniversary of the Nakba.That year saw the mass deportation of a million Palestinians from their cities and villages, massacres of civilians, and the razing to the ground of hundreds of Palestinian villages. In commemoration of these capital events in Palestine history, Cinema Jenin and The Freedom Theatre have set a program of events under the motto „ A Day to Remind“ that would take place at the Cinema and in the city of Jenin.







“Very Short” International Film Festival

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012


In Cooperation with the French Institute in Ramallah, Cinema Jenin presents the „Very Short“ International Film Festival on the 10th of may at 5 PM.

Within the frame of the European cultural week, the French Institutes network in the Palestinian territories and “EUNIC oPt” present the “Very Short “International Film Festival: an event without borders, with screenings held simultaneously in about eighty cities in France and in fifteen countries all around the world, including Palestine.

The flagship of the festival is the international competition: around fifty movies shorter than 3minutes long subtitled in Arabic, representing the best, and especially the shortest of the global





Tuition – Free English Courses

Friday, March 30th, 2012

Ismael Jabarine gives English courses for pupils and students in Jenin.

These courses are being given in the Mediathek of Cinema Jenin and in the German language classroom of Goethe Institut in the Guest House of the Cinema.



Donation by Tondok Editorial with new Palestine Travel Guide

Monday, March 12th, 2012

The editorial „ Tondok-Verlag“ together with Hans Werner von Wedemeyer published a travel guide for Palestine caleld “Palästina Reisen zu den Menschen – kommt und seht” in german language where the guesthouse CINEMA JENIN is mentioned as well. The editorial generously decided to donate the revenues connected to the guide to Project Cinema Jenin. We are proudly announcing that a sum of 9000 EUR has been transferred to our CINEMA JENIN account. The financial support will be used to support the running costs at Cinema Jenin which still have to be subsidized throughout the next two years.
By 2014 our aim is to run the cinema on a self sustainable level.

The travel guide is available her:

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

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)


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.

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:

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

Cinema Jenin Symphony – A co-production of the Dresden Sinfoniker and Ben Deiß

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

This year the Dresden Sinfoniker are building a bridge to the city of Jenin in the West Bank: in August 2010 the city’s cinema, which had been closed since the first Intifada in 1987, re-opened its doors. It is one of only three cinemas in a region marred by decades of political conflict. The city became world-famous through the fate of Ismael Khatibs, who donated the organs of his eleven-year old son Ahmed, killed by Israeli soldiers, to Israeli children. This great gesture of reconciliation created the foundation for the rebuilding of Jenin’s cinema only three years later.

The internationally acclaimed Iranian composer and kamancheh-virtuoso Kayan Kalhor composed the piece Cinema Jenin – A Symphony especially for the project, which he will premiere together with the Dresdner Sinfoniker and four other soloists from Iran, Egypt, Israel and the USA on the 1st October 2011 at the Festspielhaus Hellerau. The music will be accompanied by scenes from Marcus Vetter’s documentary Cinema Jenin, currently in the making, which tells the incredible story of the rebuilding. The program will be complemented by Kayan Kalhors Silent City, a piece for kamancheh, percussion and strings. The evening is also the opening of the TonLagen Festival and will begin at 6 pm with the award-winning documentary Das Herz von Jenin by Marcus Vetter. The concert starts at 8 pm. The Dresdner Sinfoniker will accompany Marcus Vetter’s documentary Cinema Jenin on a tour through Isra-el and the West Bank in the spring of 2012.

Cinema Jenin – A Symphony is under the patronage of Frank-Walter Steinmeier and is a co-production of the Dresden Sinfoniker and Ben Deiß.

SKayhan Kalhor, KamanchehKamil Shajrawi, OudAli Bahrami, SanturSa‘ad Mohamed Hassan, Arabische ViolineShane Shanahan, Percussion

Andrea Molino

For further information please contact:
PR + Medien

Petra Huber

Senator Distribution will release „Cinema Jenin“ in Fall 2011. Further information:

In deepest sympathy

Monday, April 4th, 2011

Today, we lost a close friend and a valuable colleague. Juliano Mer Khamis, head of the Freedom Theatre, who brought hope to everybody who knew him and never lost his strong will to work for change.

We are deeply shocked and sad about his tragic murder.

All our thoughts are with his family and his friends from the Freedom Theatre.

“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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