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The Directors of Heart of Jenin

Leon Geller
Leon Geller grew up in New Jersey before moving to Israel where he completed his military service. He went on to study film and to work for Israeli television stations, where he produced documentaries including Heavy Twenty (2004) and The Tel-Aviv University during The Lebanon War (2006).

Geller directed music videos and commercials before making his first fiction short, Roads (2006). Heart from Jenin is the true story of Ahmed Chatib, a Palestinian boy whose accidental death by an Isreali solider becomes a lifeline for several Israeli children after Chatib’s parents decide to donate his organs.

Marcus Vetter
German-born Marcus Vetter is trained in economics and media theory and has always been drawn to film. Since 1994, Vetter has worked as an editor, producer and director for the television channel ARD/SWR in Baden-Baden and Stuttgart. He is the director of the documentaries The Tunnel (1999), Wo das Geld Wächst – die EM-TV-Story (2000), and Broadway Bruchsal (2001), all three of which won an Adolf Grimme Preis.