Screening : The Heart of Jenin

7th September 2009, Comments 1 comment

A 12-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in the West Bank city of Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing...

The Heart of Jenin
A film by Marcus Vetter and Leon Geller (2008)
Wednesday
16 September
at 6:30 pm 
 
When a 12-year-old Palestinian boy was killed in the West Bank city of
Jenin by Israeli soldiers who mistook his toy gun for the real thing, it
could have been just one more blip on the news: one more war, one
more child, one more human tragedy that ripped the heart out of a
family and a community, but rippled no further into the world’s
consciousness…

But Ahmed Khatib’s tragic death unexpectedly turned into a gift of hope
for five Israelis whose lives were on the line: while overwhelmed with
grief, Ahmed’s parents consented to donate their son’s organs. Suddenly,
amid the violence and entrenched hatred surrounding an intractable
conflict, a simple act of humanity rose above the clamour and captured
worldwide attention.
 
The screening of the documentary - honoured with the Peace Award at
the 2009 International Film Festival in Berlin - commemorates
UNRWA’s 60th year of existence* and the UN International Day of Peace
(21st of September).
* UNRWA – The United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East
 
NB: The film has English subtitles and the debate will be held in English. The film has a duration of 89 minutes.

The film will be followed by a debate with two guest speakers:
Fakhri Hamad – Project Manager Cinema Jenin
Matthias Burchard – Head of the UNRWA Representative Office in Brussels and Geneva

There is no entrance fee, but as places are limited, we kindly ask you to register by sending an e-mail with the subject “Cine-ONU September” to: leu@unric.org
The Polak Room, Ground Floor
Residence Palace
155 Rue de la Loi/ Wetstraat 155
Brussels 1040, Metro station Schuman

1 Comment To This Article

  • Ana posted:

    on 11th September 2009, 22:20:23 - Reply

    Looking forward to the screening. Here is another film - just 20 minutes long - that is available now, online, for free.

    No Child is Born a Terrorist
    about The Freedom Theatre in Jenin
    expressions of violence transform into expressions of art
    http://explore.org/explore/middleeast/films/144