At the International Film Festival in Berlin Greenlight Media managing directors Nikolaus Weil and Stefan Beiten sold the film rights to Deep Blue to Cinema Jenin, managed by successful director Marcus Vetter, until year 2016.
“Movies for peace” – this is the claim made by the initiative Cinema Jenin. With help from numerous public and private supporters – among them the Office of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Pink Floyd vocalist Roger Waters, and the airline Air Berlin – the association, which is headquartered in Tübingen, plans to reopen one of the largest and most impressive movie theaters in the region – the Cinema Jenin, which has been closed since the first intifada in the year 1987.
The background is a larger goal yet. The association intends to expand the movie theater infrastructure in the crisis-wracked region. In addition to an open-air movie theater, there are plans to construct a sound and synchronization studio in order to make European art house and independent productions available to people in the Arab world. In addition, there are plans for a week-long international film festival to be held on location in the near future.
The documentary “The Heart of Jenin” from the year 2008, directed by Marcus Vetter and Leon Galler, has already received numerous awards around the world. In 2009 the film received the “Movies that Matter” award from Amnesty International.