Cinema Jenin Story of A Dream (Palestine/Germany)
A Fellini-esque documentary that takes place in the West Bank city of Jenin and follows a local initiative to re- open the old and only cinema in the city. Cinema Jenin, founded in the 1960s, was once the largest cinema in the Palestinian territories. Today it stands as a hollow echo of its society. It is crumbling and seems just about to collapse; taking all the old stories it once contained crashing down with it.
And yet, there are still hints of its glamor days for anyone to see. An extraordinary group of Palestinians hope to restore glory to the city and perhaps to themselves, embarking on an almost impossible mission to re-open the cinema. (2011, director Marcus Vetter). See the trailer here.
Moi Yalla! is both a film festival and a cultural exchange between Finland and Palestine. It is the first event of its kind in Helsinki. We will screen films back to back, exploring what makes us different and showing where we are the same. "Make films, not wars".
The festival will host a questions and answers session, workshops and introduce few guests, two of them have travelled all the way from Jenin, Palestine for the event.
Tickets are 6,5-8€. You can also purchase a day ticket for Saturday or Sunday for the price of 14€ or a Festival Pass for the entire festival for 25€.