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Cinema Jenin Creative Class founded

Thursday, December 13th, 2012

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.

New workshops starting at Cinema Jenin!

Sunday, March 20th, 2011

Stop Motion Workshop: Colour your dreams!
From  March 24th to  26th, two of our volunteers, Mara Klein and Kathrin Keusch, will offer a workshop for a group of children between 6 and 12 years. Together, they will produce stop motion shortfilms about the paticipants’ dreams of their future.

Scriptwriting Workshop

In this workshop, our volunteer Sonja Polligkeit will show the participants how to develop a script for a short film. Starting with the basics – how to find an idea, how to develop a story outline… – the students will go on to learn about how to structure a story, how to develop a character and how to build up the tension. The participants will also arrange a script which will then be filmed and edited in cooperation with the following workshops.

Filming Workshop

Opening the workshop with the general question „How can I put a script into pictures?“, our volunteer Falko Lachmund will teach the participants not only the basics of cinematography but also detailed knowledge about our equipment and camera technique. The lighting of film scenes and the application of certain camera angles will also be discussed intensively. In order to visualize the theoretical approach, the participants will watch numerous films as examples. In the end of the workshop, they will shoot a short film.

Editing Workshop

At the beginning, the participants of this workshop will learn how to use a cutting program and how to cut film sequences together with our volunteer Moritz van Gunsteren. By and by, they will learn more advanced techniques like title animation, special effects and color correction. In the end, they will cut their own short film.

The last three workshops will start on March 20th at 4 p.m. and will last about five weeks. Depending on the process, there will be about two sessions a week. If you are still interested in participating you can send us an e-mail to or just come by.

Yoga in Jenin

Friday, March 18th, 2011

A Path arises while you start walking on it (Chinese proverb)


The reason why I came to Jenin in January 2011 was to teach Yoga in a Women’s Association.

Dagmar told me, that the women themselves came up with this great idea. That meant to me, that there were women either knowing about yoga or already practicing.


I decided to do a very basic program that included breathing and the observation of breathing, and the “Sun Salutation”, which is a combination of fluent moves. In between, I did as well other exercises, but I focussed on these two things.


Of course, I tried to prepare myself to be able to deal with cultural misunderstandings, language problems and so on. I met a Lebanese friend of mine before leaving, who is doing Yoga as well, to ask her what kind of Asanas (movements) would be the most appropriate.


In the end, everything was totally different from what I had expected.


The women are very open-minded, without any hesitation they follow the lessons, really moving their bodies, women of all ages, from sixteen to sixty, and from all kinds of social backgrounds from high society, academics to housewifes.


There are a lot of overweight woman, but that does not mean, that they are not flexible. They can sit on the floor for a long time and breath deeply. They really are committed, and work hard – and with a lot of fun!


I was quite amazed, that the older ones, because of working all their life very hard, are in very good physical condition: After some lessons they showed me their daily praying movements which is also a kind of physical practice that helps to keep them so agile. I realized that there were similar moves in Yoga and Islamic Praying.


They started to integrate the deep breathing of Yoga into their praying, in order to extend the words they were reciting and to have a deeper contact to themselves.


And it has been a very special moment for me, when once a very overweight woman, who was not speaking English, made me understand that after Yoga she is always feeling so good and different. And during the lessons I could experience, how she became more relaxed, even looking lighter, standing on one leg and straighten up the other one parallel to the ground.

This playing around with her body like a child had a wonderful effect. I could see it in her face.


This woman, who rapidly had experienced the benefit of doing Yoga, once showed me her mobile phone. On the display, there was a photo of her son, killed during the Second Intifada.

We can just try to imagine the stress they have been exposed to in their daily live – and still are, and the feelings they have to deal with.


Yoga is also known as a powerful technique to reduce stress by the positive effects of the Yoga Asanas, the breezing and the concentration on oneself. I feel very lucky that I was able to give them another instrument to better cope with the difficulties of their daily live.


Unfortunatly I couldn´t make any photos, because the women did not wear their headscarf during the lessons, which means that it was a very private setting.


Right now we are looking for other yoga teachers to follow-up! And I am also planning to come back soon to my Yoga classes at the Women’s Society in Jenin.


Thank You, Yana Schulz

After 20 Years – A new Cinema Jenin production

Sunday, March 6th, 2011

Check out the trailer for our latest production in Jenin, called “After 20 Years”. Enjoy.

A german palestinian co-production, presented by Cinema Jenin. The film is being made in a workshop for palestinian locals, where they can learn all about the craft of making a movie.

Director and Editor: Benjamin Ebner
Co-Director and Production Designer: Manal Abdallah
Director of Photography: Falko Lachmund
Screenplay: Mahmoud Abu-Jafar
On Location Sound: Ayman Nasri

Uncle Noor
– Allam Abdallah
Boy – Yousef Shalabi
Firas – Mohammad Musharka
Receptionist – Ayman Nasri

– Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses – Nikon 28-70mm, Canon 50mm
Editing – Premiere Pro, After Effects
Color Correction – Magic Bullet

“Family ties” Film workshop of the Goethe-Institut at Cinema Jenin

Monday, February 21st, 2011

The Goethe-Institut Ramallah together with Lost Sense Media Film Productions, Cinema Jenin and Allianz Kulturstiftung is organising a ten- day-film-workshop from April 5 – April 14, 2011 in Jenin.
Ten young Palestinian filmmakers will get the chance to develop and produce their short films in cooperation with three German trainers.


The workshop is open for young Palestinian film makers (between 18 and 30 years) from the West Bank, East-Jerusalem or Gaza with first experiences in film making. The workshop will include script writing, camera and sound, editing and post production. The workshop covers all training and production costs and provides technical equipment, editing tools, accommodation and food.


Boris Laaser (project coordinator, director and editor) Paul Murray (camera, editing, post production) Herve Thiot (camera, sound, music, editing).A


Workshop participants will stay at the Cinema Jenin guesthouse in separate dorms for male and female participants.


The workshop will be held in English.

How to apply:

Fill in the application form you find at

Your film can be a love story, an action film or a comedy, but the theme has to be “Family”.

It can be a documentary, a music video, a fiction film or a video installation.

Send your application per email to (keyword: “Filmworkshop Jenin”) or drop it off at the French-German Cultural Centre in Ramallah until March 15, 2011. Participants will be selected until end of March.


Goethe-Institut Ramallah Lost Sense Media Film Production Allianz Kulturstiftung Cinema Jenin

Download Brochure with Application Form [PDF]

FINAL COVER film workshop

New volunteers are needed! Start now!

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

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Time goes by in Jenin. While I’m writing that story, my last day in the Cinema Jenin project has begun. 7 weeks I’ve been here, for some people that might be a long time, however, for me it was like a short film. I spent 50 days as a volunteer in this project and what I lived to see was much more than I expected when I had left Germany. Before I started my journey to the north of the west bank, friends of mine had mentioned: Why Jenin? Isn’t that a quite dangerous place? I was not sure, what I shall answer them. I didn’t’ know so much about Jenin with its approximately 50.000 inhabitants, including the neighboring refugee camp. After staying 7 weeks in the city and according to my experiences, I’m able to answer them: Don’t worry: it’s one of the most comfortable places I’ve ever been with lots of friendly and open minded people.

What I appreciate beyond that was the work in the project itself. Retrospectively, I’ve recognized a deep team building process between local and international members of the Cinema Jenin project. The project has become a melting pot for Palestinians and international volunteers, who have -due the common working process- grown up to one team.

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New workshops have been started

Tuesday, April 20th, 2010

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Three and a half months before the opening festival will take place in Jenin, two workshops offered by Cinema Jenin have been started. Volunteer Mike Gentile is very glad to lead a film and editing workshop with about 30 Palestinian locals: “It’s a new experience to offer a workshop and I really enjoy the time with the participants because all of them are very interested in learning how to create a film.” Both workshops are kindly sponsored by HERZENSSACHE e.V. from SWR Baden Baden.

That enthusiasm was a crucial factor for Mike to defer his intended studies, which would begin next month. According to that, he will stay in Jenin for an undetermined amount of time to build up a professional film team, which will be able to create advertising movies for the new LED-Screen. That huge screen (4×6m) to be placed on the cinema’s roof probably arrives in May. The participants are trained in technical skills like shooting, cutting and editing. “The workshop is a great experience for us, some kind of adventure”, Mona Staiti, a participant, said. One of the main characteristics of the workshop, which she especially points out, is the teamwork. “All of us are involved in discussions and processes so that everybody for example gets the chance to be a director or cameraman. We take all decisions together.”

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One day in the west Bank: Palestinian-German short film workshop at Cinema Jenin

Sunday, March 14th, 2010


The Cinema building is still under construction, but one of our main objectives – media training and intercultural communication – has come to a further step. Right now, about 20 young people from Palestine and Germany hold a short film workshop together here at Cinema Jenin.

Together with Goethe-Institut and Beleza Film, young film makers are realizing their short film ideas under the topic “One day in the West Bank”. Over 50 young Palestinians, between 18 and 30 years old, had applied with their own film ideas. The submitted applications cover a wide spectrum of issues such as experiences at checkpoints, the role of women in Palestinian society, stories about their daily life. The 10 best are now developing, shooting, and cutting their own short film production together with a German partner under the professional and technical supervision of Beleza Film.
Forming a network, improving skills, exploring different cultural backgrounds and expressing them by film are seen as the most promising benefits by the participants.

In Summer 2010 the films are to be premiered at the Cinema in Jenin.

Wendelin Marmon

Falling asleep in the cinema….

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

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For the opening festival from the “cinema jenin” in august 2010, we are planning a small theatre play which should be performed in the cinema!

In Summer 2008, in the Cuneo Center in the Jenin Refugee camp, me and Ziad Bakri decided to start the first theatre workshop with children from the camp. When we arrived Ismael, had already collected a group of actors who were joining in a mask workshop. Ziad was by my side to translate. You could feel that he also loves children a lot which is very important anyway…

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Learning Arabic in Jenin…

Wednesday, November 4th, 2009

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Salam aleikum! Shukran! Affuan! These are familiar words to all of us in the guesthouse. It is sufficient to make people smile in the street and shops, but after a wile, you really want to learn more. So we found out that literally around the corner there is a language school, the Student’s Scientific Society Center SSSC. The other day, we kindly have been invited to talk about our future cooperation, to get to know the teachers, their approach and the location. So Felix – who by the way speaks a fluent Arabic and myself (whom you will rarely see on any photo because I am always taking them), we went to school again…

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