Festival selections :
Theater aan het Spui 2, The Hague
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 3
Filmhuis Den Haag zaal 6
Sunday, March 25, 2012 - 21:30
Esmaa Alariachi (Meiden van Halal) interviews Fakhri Hamad about the founding of Cinema Jenin
Monday, March 26, 2012 - 19:15
Q&A with Fakhri Hamad about the founding of Cinema Jenin, led by conflict analyst Lambrecht Wessels.
Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 21:30
Q&A with Fakhri Hamad about the founding of Cinema Jenin
Festival year: 2012
When director Marcus Vetter goes to Jenin in the Palestinian territories in 2007 for a story about Ismael, whose son was shot by an Israeli sniper, he discovers that the city once boasted a cinema where people lined up to watch local and international films. Vetter, Ismael and a few locals come up with the idea of renovating and breathing new life into the old cinema and creating a social and cultural meeting place. It turns out to be a painstaking process in which Vetter has to face complex cultural relationships and sentiment. Although the new cinema is supposed to welcome everyone, the reactions to its renovation reveal the awkward relationship between Palestine and Israel. The word ‘peace’ takes on a charged connotation, and the initiators have to make sure that the social project doesn’t turn into a political one. These crucial problems need to be solved with the help of a few big names, lots of volunteers, and even more cigarettes.
Germany, Israel 2011, 95 min.
Documentary, Video, C
Spoken language: Arabic, Hebrew
Official website: http://www.cinemajenin.org
German Camera Award 2012
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