Masterclass with Marcus Vetter for Young Documentary Filmmakers and Journalists

Friday, June 4th, 2021

The Middle-East Conflict: Filming a Palestinian Act of Humanity

Screen Skills Ireland is delighted to support the Cleraun Media Ethics Forum’s Masterclass with award-winning director and producer, Marcus Vetter. This event is for young documentary filmmakers and journalists.

The masterclass will take place online from 19.15 on Wednesday 30 June 2021 and attendance is free. To book, please email

Those who attend will:

  • Watch documentary The Heart of Jenin in advance, with a view
    to answering a series of questions set by Marcus Vetter.
  • On the evening of the masterclass, break into teamwork groups for 40 minutes to consider those questions; Marcus will spend time with each group.
  • Then all join Marcus to discuss those questions, followed by an open forum.

About Marcus Vetter
Marcus Vetter is an award-winning German producer and director whose films have won three Adolf Grimme Awards, the most prestigious annual German TV award, known as the German TV Oscar. His work first attracted international attention with The Tunnel, a docudrama about a famous tunnelling project under the Berlin Wall masterminded by four students. Later films included The Battle for Bruckmann about rebellious seamstresses in Argentina, The Unbreakables, an award-winning feature doc on industrial glass-making in Germany and My Father the Turk which won the Golden Gate Award in San Francisco. He went on to make The Heart of Jenin (which won the Lola Award – Best German Documentary), Cinema Jenin, The Court, and The Forecaster. His latest film The Forum follows Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum in Davos, over the course of a year as he meets supporters and also critics such as Jennifer Morgan, Executive Director of Greenpeace International and Greta Thunberg.

Case study: The Heart of Jenin
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 news item. But something extraordinary happened that turned Ahmed Khatib’s tragic death into a gift of hope for six Israelis. 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 Heart of Jenin tells the story of Ahmed’s tragic death and his father Ismael Khatib’s journey to visit three of the organ recipients two years later. One of Ahmed’s kidneys went to an Orthodox Jewish girl and his other kidney went to a Bedouin boy. While his parents hesitated to donate Ahmed’s heart, it now beats in the chest of a Druze girl. “I see my son in these children,” Ismael Khatib says.