Archive for July, 2011
On the 9th of July Cinema Jenin presented the Jenin Summer Culture Festival attended by the Palestinian Minister of Culture Seham Barghouti and her delegation, the governor of Jenin Mousa Qadura. Guests from the Cultural Media like poets, writers and musicians from the local area of Jenin as well as guests from palestinians of 1948 attended as well the festival. The films screened for one week were all documentary, discussing the living problems facing palestinians on a daily basis under occupation. It also included palestinian films beyond the 1948 borders in Haifa, Nazareth and other towns.
On the 16th of July the Festival started with the very successful Marj Ibn-Amer with Palestinian Folklore Dancing starting and the famous Dabka Group Al Asayel from Ramallah. There where over 800 excited people of all ages in the audience who participated in singing and dancing with the group until midnight. Along the second week Cinema Jenin presented other famous palestinian groups with all types of Folklore Dancing and singing like Nazareth Folklore and Dabka Group. The young superstar Morad Swaiti sang on the third night of the Festival, which was very entertaining for the youth. Included in the Festival, there was a market of traditional embroidery, accessoires, sewing products like pillow covers and palestinian traditional food from a Women skills association. All in all, a lot of families and people of all ages came and enjoyed these multicultural days of the festival.
It was an unusual incident that shocked the workers at Cinema Jenin when it happened towards the end of March. Every thing started to get blown away by a strong windy weather accompanied by some rain. The large black fabric cover sheltering the area next to the cafeteria kitchen fell down as the four steel pillars supporting it started shaking and losing their anchors in the ground.