Archive for the ‘“Heart of Jenin” – Film I’ Category

“Heart of Jenin” won the “Öngören Price”

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

Yesterday, Marcus Vetter’s “Heart of Jenin” was awarded the “Öngören Price for Democracy and Human Rights” at the German-Turkish Filmfestival in Nuremberg. Congratulations!

„Heart of Jenin“ wins German Film Award 2010

Monday, April 26th, 2010

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Berlin/Jenin – On Friday night, director Marcus Vetter, founder of Project Cinema Jenin, enthusiastically accepted the LOLA for the best German documentary film 2010.

Germany’s chancellor Angela Merkel was among the audience who witnessed „Heart of Jenin“ win the award for the best feature-length documentary in Berlin. After having been awarded a number of international prizes in 2009 (Audience Choice Awards of the International Film Festivals in Dubai and Den Haag, Cinema for Peace-Award), Marcus Vetter was visibly delighted when his film now received the most highly endowed and renowned film award of his home country. „I am extraordinarily happy about this award. One reason, of course, is the further acknowledgement of ‘Heart of Jenin’. The other reason, which is especially important to me, is that this honour contributes to bringing ‘Project Cinema Jenin’ into the public focus”, he said.

The completion of the film was not at all the end of the moving story of „Heart of Jenin“: It was in 2008 that the idea of renovating Jenin’s old cinema and of building a centre for film in the West Bank occurred to Marcus Vetter. Skilled Palestinian workers as well as local and international volunteers have been working on the reopening of “Cinema Jenin” for more than two years. The moment they have been waiting for will finally arrive on August 5th: The cinema will open its doors with a large celebration and a three-day film festival. The opening film, of course, will be „Heart of Jenin“.

To make the dream, that started with “Heart of Jenin”, come true in its entirety, Project Cinema Jenin continues to count on its supporters’ commitment. The outside of the cinema is already finished. Now the renovation of the interior and the installation of the technical equipment remain to be completed. Next to the cinema building there will be (among other things) an open air screen with 1200 seats, a coffee house, a sound and dubbing studio, and an editing room. So there is still much to be done within the next three months, and for all this, the project will need another 70.000 Euros.

People who would like to contribute to the renovation of the cinema, are welcome to support project Cinema Jenin: Here you find more informations how to support us

«Heart of Jenin» nominated for “Deutscher Filmpreis 2010″

Thursday, April 1st, 2010

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Marcus Vetter, director and founder of Cinema Jenin, enters the competition for the most prestigious German film award.

Jenin/Berlin – Last Friday, the 1000 members of the Deutsche Filmakademie announced their votes: „Heart of Jenin“ is now among the two best documentary films, so director Marcus Vetter’s chances are quite good to be able to take home one of the desired LOLA trophies from the award ceremony on April 23rd. The ceremony at the Friedrichstadtpalast, Berlin will be hosted by TV celebrity Barbara Schöneberger, and broadcast live from 9.45 p.m. on Erstes Deutsches Fernsehen. Next to Marcus Vetter’s “Heart of Jenin”, other successful German films such as Fatih Akin’s “Soul Kitchen”, or Michael Haneke’s “Das weiße Band”, hope for the equally prestigious and lucrative prize.

Even though Project Cinema Jenin will not benefit from the nomination financially, the large symbolic value provides the project with new impetus: “It is great to receive such acknowledgement for ‘Heart of Jenin’, especially now. We, the team of Cinema Jenin, are currently going through the very difficult final stage concerning funding and completion of the cinema. The nomination for the film award has given a real psychological boost not only to me, but to all the team members”, says Marcus Vetter, director and founder of Cinema Jenin.
This drive is hoped to last until August 2010: Then Cinema Jenin, with a big celebration, will open its doors to the inhabitants of Jenin as well as to all the friends, sponsors and promoters of this international peace project in the West Bank.

Anyone who is interested can adopt one of the beautiful red velvet seats of the cinema. To cover the costs of this cultural project in the West Bank, a symbolic amount of 1000 Euros per chair is needed. Donors are also welcome to fund part of a chair, or to pool the sum as a group.

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“Global Eyes TV” Film-Workshop I

Saturday, June 20th, 2009

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Dear friends of Cinema Jenin,
While surfing in the internet, I found a challenging project first established in Berlin/Germany: „Global Eyes TV – TV for global youth“. It’s all about building-up online tv-channels all around the world for young people showing their commitment and insights into their daily life. People form 16 countries, among Afganistan, Albania, Cambodia, Burma and Rwanda have already started to work on their first reports. See the first results online.

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Opening Night in Düsseldorf/Germany

Monday, May 4th, 2009

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Today is the opening night of our film “Herat of Jenin” in Düsseldorf in Germany. Together with Fahkri, the project manager of the “Cinema Jenin Project” and Ismael Khatib, we are in the cinema to speak to the audiance, introduce our project and film and answering questions. As on our whole travelling through germany and a lot of opening nights in Berlin, Hamburg and many other cities, we also meet here a lot of nice people which has comited to the project . We thank everybody for your support.

“Heart of Jenin” is travelling to international film festivals

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009


The documentary film “Heart of Jenin” is travelling to international film festivals around the world and has won already several great awards, such as the first prize in Valladolid (Spain) and the DEFA-Award in Leipzig and the “Most valuable Documentary of the Year 2009″ at Cinema for Peace in Berlin. We are delighted to work with you together on this amazing peace project and we know that without your support and the help of this incredible platform which is “betterplace”, we would not be where we are today.

– Cinema for Peace Award 2009 for most valuable documentary of the year
– Audience Award Internationales Filmfestival Dubai
– 1. Preis Valladolid International Film Festival Sektion “Time of History”
– DEFA-Furtherance Award  DOK Leipzig Festival Germany, 2008
– Audience Award Filmfestival “Movies that matter” – Amnesty International Den Haag, 2009

THANKS and hope to see you in Jenin!

Your cinema Jenin Staff

„Heart of Jenin“ wins the “Cinema for Peace Award”

Thursday, February 12th, 2009

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Marcus will be shooting a film and not be able to blog about the project for the next 2 months. So I, Fakhri Hamad, have the pleasure to take his job. I will regularly inform you about the projects progress.

At the moment, Ismael and I are travelling in Germany. Here, we are very proud to inform you that „Heart of Jenin“ has won the Cinema for Peace award for most valuable documentary. It was a great Gala and we met very wonderful people, such as Michael Gorbatschov, Roger Waters (who explicitly called on the audience to support the Cinema Jenin project) and Leonardo di Caprio.

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Heart of Jenin nominated for the Cinema for Peace Award

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

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As Heart of Jenin is nominated for the Cinema For Peace Award Ismael Khateeb and Fakhri Hamad are invited to the award ceremony which takes place the 8th of february during the Berlinale . We will take advantage of this event and try to fundraise there for cinema jenin.

I will have to shoot a film about hunger in the world until april 2009. So in the meantime, Fakhri, our manager of cinema jenin will be the project responsible on betterplace.

Thanks again for all your help