Cinema Jenin Symphony – A co-production of the Dresden Sinfoniker and Ben Deiß

September 20th, 2011  / Author: Ulf M.

This year the Dresden Sinfoniker are building a bridge to the city of Jenin in the West Bank: in August 2010 the city’s cinema, which had been closed since the first Intifada in 1987, re-opened its doors. It is one of only three cinemas in a region marred by decades of political conflict. The city became world-famous through the fate of Ismael Khatibs, who donated the organs of his eleven-year old son Ahmed, killed by Israeli soldiers, to Israeli children. This great gesture of reconciliation created the foundation for the rebuilding of Jenin’s cinema only three years later.

The internationally acclaimed Iranian composer and kamancheh-virtuoso Kayan Kalhor composed the piece Cinema Jenin – A Symphony especially for the project, which he will premiere together with the Dresdner Sinfoniker and four other soloists from Iran, Egypt, Israel and the USA on the 1st October 2011 at the Festspielhaus Hellerau. The music will be accompanied by scenes from Marcus Vetter’s documentary Cinema Jenin, currently in the making, which tells the incredible story of the rebuilding. The program will be complemented by Kayan Kalhors Silent City, a piece for kamancheh, percussion and strings. The evening is also the opening of the TonLagen Festival and will begin at 6 pm with the award-winning documentary Das Herz von Jenin by Marcus Vetter. The concert starts at 8 pm. The Dresdner Sinfoniker will accompany Marcus Vetter’s documentary Cinema Jenin on a tour through Isra-el and the West Bank in the spring of 2012.

Cinema Jenin – A Symphony is under the patronage of Frank-Walter Steinmeier and is a co-production of the Dresden Sinfoniker and Ben Deiß.

SKayhan Kalhor, KamanchehKamil Shajrawi, OudAli Bahrami, SanturSa‘ad Mohamed Hassan, Arabische ViolineShane Shanahan, Percussion

Andrea Molino

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Petra Huber

Senator Distribution will release „Cinema Jenin“ in Fall 2011. Further information:

Ramadan evening event on 26th August

August 17th, 2011  / Author: m.ganescu

This will take place on the 26th August, which also happens to be 26th day of Ramadan: It is suggested & supported by the Ministry of Culture in Ramallah as part of Jenin Summer cultural festival 2011 which will include a well known group from Nazareth called Al-Haqq music band of 25 musicians and dancers performing national Palestinian songs and traditional folklore dancing. We predict this event to bring a large crowd of audience over 500 people to make a perfect Ramadan celebration.



Rent LED screen for your advertising!

August 17th, 2011  / Author: m.ganescu

This is a big advertising screen 5×8 meters hanging on the roof of the cinema at an Angle so that it can be easily seen by people walking on the street below. It happens to be the only one of its kind & size in the north of Palestine. We rent it out now to companies who want to place their advertisement in the heart of the preferred area of Jenin with many thousands recipients per day. This important income will help us to pay our daily running cost. For more information please call 0599-208829.




August 17th, 2011  / Author: m.ganescu

To keep Cinema Jenin going as a successful cultural and entertaining center, to serve the Palestinian community, we need your help in donating a small amount of money to be able to get out of our financial crisis. Without your help we cannot go on.
Please call 0599-208829 or visit our donation-website for further information.Thank you, we really appreciate your support.



Children Summer Camp 2011

July 25th, 2011  / Author: m.ganescu

During the Summer Festival from 9th July – 26th July we had a special Festival for children taking place simultaneously inside and outside the cinema including a magician, a clown and a theatre play.




Jenin Summer Cultural Festival 2011

July 25th, 2011  / Author: m.ganescu

from 9th July – 26th July

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.

Festival Picture-Gallery

Big storm in March of this year affecting the Cafeteria and Open Air Cinema

July 17th, 2011  / Author: m.ganescu

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.
Also the screen and the stage (platform) lost some of its wood due to both wind and rain which we had to replace costing around $5000.

Heart of Jenin on German TV, on june 21

June 20th, 2011  / Author: Christine Mikliss

In November 2005, Ismael Khatib’s 12-year-old son, Ahmed, was shot in the head by an Israeli soldier at the Jenin refugee camp. After the doctors at the hospital declared Ahmed dead, his Palestinian father decided to donate his son’s organs to six Israeli children, saving their lives. The news of Ismael’s decision went around the world. The Israeli director, Leon Geller, and the German documentary filmmaker, Marcus Vetter, tell the story in the film The Heart of Jenin, which has already won many awards, including the Cinema for Peace Award.

Heart of Jenin will be screened on German TV (ARD) on june 21 at 10.45 pm.

(Almost) business as usual

May 8th, 2011  / Author: Christine Mikliss

After a few weeks of silence after Juliano Mer Khamis’ death, we would like to tell you that this silence was not the result of the closing down of the cinema. Although the situation in Jenin is quite uncertain at the moment and most of our volunteers decided to leave the city for a while, our great Palestinian staff has taken over all responsibilities and continues the work for the ongoing success of our project. Nevertheless, we cannot accept any applications for voluntary work right now, but will inform you as soon as the situation changes!


In deepest sympathy

April 4th, 2011  / Author: Christine Mikliss

Today, we lost a close friend and a valuable colleague. Juliano Mer Khamis, head of the Freedom Theatre, who brought hope to everybody who knew him and never lost his strong will to work for change.

We are deeply shocked and sad about his tragic murder.

All our thoughts are with his family and his friends from the Freedom Theatre.