Netzkraft Movement

Cinema Jenin e.V.

Eugenstr. 29
72072 Tuebingen

Contact person: Marcus Vetter

+49 (0)7071 36 81 63; +49 (0)176 617 35 013


  • Media project
  • Peace politics
  • Antiracism, policy of integration
  • Volunteers are welcome.

About us

The beginning of the project Cinema Jenin was the awarded documentary film "The Heart of Jenin". This film tells the story about Ismael. In 2005, Ismael´s 11 year old son Ahmed was shot down by the Israeli army. Despite his grief, Ismael decides to donate his son´s organs to Israeli children thus saving their lives. One and a half years after his decision, Ismael travels through Israel to meet the children he has helped and their families. It is a journey through a territory marked by prejudice.

While "The Heart of Jenin" is celebrated internationally and most recently was awarded the German Film Price, Jenin is still lacking a place where its very own story could be told. The only cinema in town was closed more than twenty years ago. Parallel, the children from the cultural center that Ishmael opened after his son´s death wanted to produce their first short films, only to realize that they had no place to show it in. The decision to reopen the cinema emerged and Project Cinema Jenin was born. Today, Marcus Vetter, Fakhri Hamad and Ismael Khatib, together with a group of enthusiastic locals and foreigners, are working tirelessly to bring the old cinema back to life.

Cinema Jenin is supported by Cinema Jenin e.V., a non-profit organization founded in 2008 and based in Germany consisting of filmmakers, cultural advocates and investors dedicated to globally promote cinema culture in such a way that sustainable development and cultural understanding along with free and fair education are encouraged.

The overall goal of Cinema Jenin is to break the situation of isolation and lack of perspective in Jenin through creating sustainable change and improved living conditions. The project will use the means of cinema to do so. After the reconstruction of the old movie theater is complete, Jenin will once more have a cultural heart. It is the goal to let all people in Jenin benefit from the project.

In just two years, a team of volunteers - from Palestine, Germany and all over the world - restored the old movie theater, created an open-air theater with outdoor stage and garden terraces, a cafeteria and a playground and rebuilt also an own guesthouse. The second milestone will be now the establishment of this beautiful movie theater with its multiple uses as a film and culture centre in the long term.

Three core areas:
- Promoting Culture and Social Integration
- Fostering Peace and Intercultural Dialogue
- Strengthening Education and Economy

Marcus Vetter is the Founder of Project Cinema Jenin and the Project Manager Germany.

For other net participants we can offer an expert guidance through trained staff, give an expert opinion, procure expert information and establish new contacts in the field of our work.