Theatrical Release in Palestine of the feature documentary „Cinema Jenin – The Story of a Dream“

Dear Friends of Cinema Jenin,

We are happy to announce the GRAND PREMIER of the feature documentary CINEMA JENIN – The Story of a Dream on April 5, 2012 in Jenin, Palestine. It is as well the official date of the theatrical release in Palestine. The film is dedicated to Juliano Mer-Khamis.

It was a daring idea, reopening a cinema in a place caught in a spiral of violence, hopelessness and injustice. Yet it was the unprecedented gestures of the Palestinian father Ismael Khateeb that encouraged many people to support this brave undertaking and to help make this dream become reality. It took three years, from inception to the present day. These three years have been documented in a film. It is a film depicting moments of euphoria beyond words but also those of deep disappointment.
On August 5, 2010 Cinema Jenin celebrated its reopening with hundreds of local and foreign guests and broad international media coverage. However nine months later, on April 4, 2011 Juliano Mer-Khamis, the director of the Freedom Theater in Jenin, was murdered in broad daylight by unknown assassins. The death of Juliano was an indescribable shock loosing a friend who committed himself for the kids in Jenin.

We would like to thank sincerely for the continued support of the project CINEMA JENIN, also in this difficult period. With this support we were able to continue our work in Jenin and to build a team around our Project Manager Dr. Lamei Assir, whose wages are secured for one year thanks to the Foreign Office of Germany.
Cinema Jenin and its accompanying projects are still in their early stages. In order to establish Cinema Jenin as an economically viable and self-supporting project, we still need financial, conceptual, and personal support to continue our work. The tasks include further training of the Palestinian team in managing the cinema and the cultural events, ensuring a diverse film program and proceeding with film and theatre workshops, developing educational activities as well as professional training opportunities, and much more. We have designed a business plan that contains a minimal first budget of 50.000 EUR. The guest house, cafeteria, the LED-Screen and our solar power system ought to serve as additional source of income. In our “Adopt a chair” – program there are still chairs available.

If only 100 of the 200 remaining chairs will be adopted the financial situation of Cinema Jenin will be secured until end of 2013. Please download our Financial Report from our website in order to get an overview of what we have reached in the last three years. If you are interested in attending the Jenin Premiere of CINEMA JENIN – The Story of a Dream please write to

Marcus Vetter & Dr. Lamei Assir
(Cinema Jenin e.V / Cinema Jenin Palestine)

Here you can find the fact about Cinema Jenin – The Story of a Dream

Cinema Jenin follows an ambitious initiative to re-open a previously abandoned cinema in the West Bank city of Jenin. Founded in the 1960s, it was once the largest cinema in Palestine, today it stands as a hollow echo of its society. Re-building the cinema, Germans and Palestinians come together evoking often comedic but always political and cultural ramifacations. Cinema Jenin witnessed an intimate, nuanced and textured view into the city and its domestic affairs as well as the journey of a dedicated, loyal, often conflicted group of people who hope that the re-building of the cinema will be a bridge to peace, freedom and Palestinian self-empowerment.

BRD/Palestine /Israel 2011
Release: October 2011
Format: HD/35mm
Shootingformat: HD
Soundformat: Dolby Digital
PictureRatio: 1:1.85

A Production of:
and CINEPHIL (Tel Aviv)

in coproduction with:
YES TV (Israel)

in association with: VPRO

funded by:

Year of Production2011

Written and Directed by: Marcus Vetter
Director of Photography: Alex Bakri
Montage: Saskia Metten
Sound: Aljoscha Haupt
Line Producer: Marc Wächter
Producers: Uwe Dierks, Thomas Grube, Philippa Kowarski, Marcus Vetter
Sound Design: Alex Claude
Music: Avi Baleli & Sven Kaiser
Commissioning Editors:
Martina Zöllner, SWR
Gudrun Hanke El Ghomri, SWR
Thomas Sessner, BR
Ulle Schröder, ARTE
Barbara Denz, NDR

Worldsales: Cinephil, Tel Aviv
German Distributor: Senator Film Verleih
Arabic Distributor: Bukera Pictures

International Filmfestival Amsterdam (IDFA) 2011
Dubai International Filmfestival 2011

Coming Festivals/Releases Festival Du Film Geneve – 02 to 11 of March 2012 Movies that Matter – 25th to 30th of March 2012
Cimema Release in Jenin, Palestine – 05 of April 2012
Planet Doc Filmfestival – 11 to 20 of Mai 2012
Bergen International Filmfestival – 17th to 24th of October 2012

Awards Der Friedenspreis des Deutschen Films –
Bernhard Wicki Filmpreis – Die Brücke

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