a film by Marcus Vetter


Germany | 2012 | 96:00 min

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The film CINEMA JENIN tells this story from the very first moment. It becomes a drawn-out process, as the German director at the center of his own story encounters complex cultural relationships and sentiments.
Initially, he doesn't understand many Palestinian customs and he gets taken to task for it on several occasions. What’s more, the involvement of foreign parties is a delicate issue for many Palestinians - especially when it comes to Israel. Although the new cinema is supposed to welcome everyone, the enterprise prompts reactions that reveal the painful nature of the relationship between Palestine and Israel. The word 'peace' becomes extremely charged, and the initiators Ismael, Fakhri and Marcus have to take care that the social project doesn't turn into a political one. These and other problems need to be solved with the help of a few big names, lots of volunteers, and even more cigarettes.

Coproduction of Boomtown Media, Filmperspektive; Cinephil; SWR; BR; NDR; Arte; YES TV; Senator Film Produktion;
Förderer: MFG Baden-Württemberg; BKM; MBB; DFFF; Rabinovich Foundation; Sundance Institute
awards among others:
German Film Award - Best Documentary
Cinema for Peace Award
Seal of Approval ‘highly recommended’ & Film of the month May 2012

festivals among others:
Den Haag, IDFA, Dubai, Geneve; German Camara Award;
Cast and Crew
  • Director Marcus Vetter
  • Screenwriter Marcus Vetter
  • Director of Photography Aleksei Bakri, Mareike Müller, Marcus Vetter
  • Editor Saskia Metten
  • Score Sven Kaiser, Avi Balleli
Age Rating

rated 12

Original Languages



highly recommended

Production Company
Köthener Str. 5, 10963 Berlin

Fax: +49 30 81452950
Co-Production Company
Filmperspektive GmbH
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