5 Broken Cameras

Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

Synopsis

The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature by A.M.P.A.S, the critically-acclaime 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around hi withthe astute powers of perception that only children possess.

Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleledrecord of life in the West Bank. 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production. A Kino Lorber Release.

Film Info

Release Year: 2011
Running Time: 90
Color Type: Color
Country: France, Israel, Middle East, Palestine
Language: Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.

Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat.

Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat's video cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me," he says, "but it's an illusion."

Crew

  • Directed by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
  • Written by Guy Davidi

Festivals / Awards

ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE - BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE

Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary 2012

Cinema Eye Awards, Winner -Best Film

IDFA - Winner - Special Jury Award, Audience Award

New Directors/New Films - Official Selection

Reviews

"[A] rigorous and moving work of art." - A. O. Scott, New York Times

"Uniquely powerful, putting faces and human consequences to a political dispute that will seemingly never end." - The Hollywood Reporter.

"An essential work both on filmmaking and political activism." - Slant Magazine.

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Photos

  • Emad's mother pleads with an Israeli soldier to release her son Khaled after he was arrested.
    • Adeeb & Phil participate in a protest against the Israeli settlements.
      • Co-director Emad Burnat with his five broken cameras.
        • Co-directors Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat.
          • Emad's mother pleads with an Israeli soldier to release her son Khaled after he was arrested.
            • Emad's son Gibreel looks over at the Israeli settlements.