Presented by Goethe-Institut Gulf Region
Free Film Screening
DAS HERZ VON JENIN (original title)
Directed by Leon Geller, Marcus Vetter
Germany | 2009 | 89 minutes
In Arabic, Hebrew with English Subtitles
RATING: ( G ) - General Audiences (all ages admitted)
Synopsis: The Heart of Jenin takes us to Israel, into Palestine and the occupied territories, to the people who have learnt to live with everyday conflict and violence, and who, even so, have not given up their hope for peace. On 5 November 2005 in the Jenin refugee camp, 12-year-old Ahmed Khatib was shot by an Israeli soldier whilst playing with a plastic gun. Despite his grief, the father, Ismael Khatib, decides to donate his son‘s organs to Israeli children. Four of those, each from a different part of Israel‘s diverse society, are alive today thanks to his courageous act. Ismael travels from Jenin to the northern hills on the Lebanese border, passing through the Holy City of Jerusalem, down to the edge of the Negev Desert in the south to visit the children who received his son's organs. The Heart of Jenin tells this story of a unique gesture of peace and a journey which not only leads to the recipient families, but also attempts to reconstruct the events that took place in Jenin in 2005.