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CINEMA JENIN - THE STORY OF A DREAM (CINEMA JENIN - DIE GESCHICHTE EINES TRAUMS)

CINEMA JENIN - THE STORY OF A DREAM
photo © Senator Film Verleih

CINEMA JENIN - THE STORY OF A DREAM 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 the Palestinian territories, today it stands as a hollow echo of its society. Rebuilding the cinema, Germans and Palestinians come together, evoking often comedic but always political and cultural ramifications. CINEMA JENIN witnesses 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 rebuilding of the cinema will be a bridge to peace, education and Palestinian self-empowerment.


Marcus Vetter was born in 1967 and studied Economics and Media Theory & Practice. Since 1994, he has been working as a TV editor, producer and director. He has directed numerous documentaries which were screened at international festivals and won three Adolf-Grimme-Awards. His films include: THE TUNNEL (1999), WAR GAMES (2002), THE UNBREAKABLES (2006), MY FATHER THE TURK (2006), HEART OF JENIN (2008), HUNGER (2009), and CINEMA JENIN (2012).
Genre Culture, Society
Category Documentary
Year of Production 2012
Director Marcus Vetter
Screenplay Marcus Vetter
Cinematography Marcus Vetter, Aleksei Bakri, Mareike Müller
Producers Marcus Vetter, Uwe Dierks, Thomas Grube, Philippa Kowarsky
Production Companies Boomtown Media/Berlin, Cinephil/Tel Aviv, Filmperspektive/Tübingen, in co-production with SWR/Stuttgart, Bayerischer Rundfunk, NDR/Hamburg, ARTE, Senator Film Produktion, Yes TV/Kfar Sava
Length 96 min
Format DCP, HDCAM, HDCAM SR, DigiBeta, color, 1:1.85
Original Version
 English, Arabic
Subtitled Versions English, Arabic, Hebrew, German
Festivals IDFA 2011, Dubai 2011, Doc Aviv 2012, Movies That Matter The Hague 2012, International Film Festival & Forum on Human Rights Geneva 2012, Planete Doc 2012, Telluride 2012
Awards German Camera Award 2012 (Best Editor)
With backing from MFG Baden-Württemberg, Medienboard Berlin-Brandenburg, German Federal Film Fund, BKM, Rabinovich Association, Sundance Institute
German Distributor Senator Film Verleih/Berlin

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