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Glamorous opening of Cinema Jenin

Friday, August 6th, 2010

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Jenin/Palestine – “We all have worked together to build something – and finally our dream of the cinema has come true,” says Markus Vetter, director and founder of the cultural project Cinema Jenin. The movie theatre, located in the Westbank, was opened today in presence of prominent guests such as Prime Minister Dr. Salam Fayyad, Bianca Jagger (Founder and Chair of the Bianca Jagger Human Rights Foundation and Council of Europe goodwill Ambassador) and Jaka Bilzilj (“Cinema for Peace”), as well as more than 80 journalists from all over the world. Around 400 visitors from Jenin had bought tickets in advance to make sure not to miss the opening. Until midnight, they enjoyed the first of three festival days with Arabic music, mask theatre and the documentary “The Heart of Jenin” which was shown as the opening film in the new Open-Air Cinema. Despite his health problems, Prime Minister Salam Fayyad made his way to Jenin for the opening. “Cinema Jenin is immensely important for the building of a Palestinian state,” he said. Only a short while ago, the Palestinian National Authority has donated 50.000 Euros to the project.

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