Newsletter November 2013: Music and Theatre at Cinema Jenin

November 9th, 2013  / Author: zenmaster

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… Read the rest of this entry »

Cinema Jenin Creative Class founded

December 13th, 2012  / Author: Julius

The Cinema Jenin Creative Class was founded as a project of Cinema Jenin to support citizens, especially youths, of Jenin in different fields of creativity. As a co-project of Cinema Jenin the Creative Class will focus on workshops in film and acting. Additionally it will offer workshops in graphic-design, dancing, and drawing. More workshops in other fields of creativity are imaginable. Creative Class is conceived as a “docking-station”, the many volunteers that join Cinema Jenin constantly can dock in, depending on their profession.

Since Ocober 2012 several workshops were already done at Cinema Jenin. There was a workshop for children how to do your own flipbook with drawings/photographs and a workshop about stop-motion clips. Both workshops were held by three german volunteers, Silas Bahr, Simon Walch and Konstantin Helmsauer. Please follow this link: to see the result of the stop-motion workshop.

In September/November there were two photography-worskhops, one for children „basic photography with disposable cameras“ and another one „photography with smartphones“ for students.

In the childrens worskhop, the participants learned playfully how to use their disposable cameras and how to compose good photographs. This workshop was guided by Mohammed Dasouqi (Palestine), Marte Woxen (Norway) and Julius Matuschik (Germany). The results were exhibited in the Gallery of Cinema Jenin.


Due to the fact that most people nowadays use their smartphones as cameras, a workshop about the basics of photography with smartphones was realised by Mamoun Kanaan, Shadi Balsheh, Mohammed Dasouqi (Palestine), Julius Matuschik and Ingo Bever (Germany). This Workshop was done in cooperation with the Arab American University, Jenin. The results were exhibited in the gallery of the Arab American University. The best pictures were granted by prizes sponsored by Almahroom Optics and Al Ganem Electronics, both local dealers from Jenin.


In the same period there was a digital imaging workshop for beginners realised by Shadi Balsheh, Mohammed Dasouqi (Palestine) and Ingo Bever (Germany). During 6 lessons the participants learned the basics of Adobe Photoshop.

EURO 2012 in the Open Air Cinema

June 2nd, 2012  / Author: shadi

In the big screen of the Open Air Cinema we are presenting the European cup Finals 2012 (UEFA Poland-Ukraine) in the Summer evening of the 8th of June in the most exciting atmosphere.










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

May 10th, 2012  / Author: shadi

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

May 8th, 2012  / Author: shadi


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





My Palestine / Short Films

March 30th, 2012  / Author: ismael

To be shown in Cinema Jenin on April 23rd at 5 PM.

This film was made during a workshop organized by the Goethe Institut to encourage young palestinians to show their country through the lenses of their cameras.



Tuition – Free English Courses

March 30th, 2012  / Author: ismael

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

March 12th, 2012  / Author: Marcus V.

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“

February 25th, 2012  / Author: Marcus V.

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)

November 17th, 2011  / Author: Ulf M.

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