During the last few months, our project has gained further momentum:
We managed to raise 8,500 Euro for the cinema’s sound system at the ‘Cinema Jenin Night’ in the ‘Radialsystem’ in Berlin with Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Desirée Nosbusch. Following this, our Palestinian project manager, Fakhri Hamad, received an unexpected call from Roger Waters, the bassist and songwriter from ‘Pink Floyd’. Roger announced that he was going to cover the entire costs of the sound system himself – 45,000 euros in total. The 8.500 Euros will thus go toward the central elements of the lighting system in the cinema.
While I was away at a two-month long film shoot elsewhere, Fakhri continued to take care of the project. Amongst other things, the office walls on the first floor of the cinema were being painted. However, as Jenin offers few available places for tourists who wish to spend the night, we decided to rent a second property, which will be turned into a simple guesthouse for the many guests and volunteers involved with the renovation and opening of the cinema. This guesthouse will also function as an additional source of income to the people of Jenin. So far, Fakhri has been able to negotiate a favourable lease price. Further details regarding the renovation will be added during my next visit to Jenin in June, when I am going to meet a number of financial supporters.