The Heart of Jenin
In the moving documentary The Heart of Jenin, the parents meet. Just twelve hours after Ahmed Chatib was shot dead at the Jenin refugee camp in the Westbank, his father Ismael took a remarkable step. He decided to donate his son’s organs to six Israeli children. Two years on, four of the six children are still alive, thanks to Ismael’s gesture. Directors Leon Geller and Marcus Vetter follow Ismael through Israel as he visits three of these children. What did the donation mean to the families? The Heart of Jenin not only shows people who managed to overcome their prejudices thanks to this generous action, but also of their difficulties in coming to terms with the knowledge that their child is alive thanks to an Arab organ.
Germany 2008, 89 min.
Spoken language: Arabic, Hebrew, English
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