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.