5 Broken Cameras

Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi


The first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for best Documentary Feature by A.M.P.A.S, the critically-acclaimeà5 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


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."


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

Festivals / Awards


Sundance Film Festival - World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary 2012

American Library Association - Notable Videos for Adults 2015

Cinema Eye Awards, Winner -Best Film

IDFA - Winner - Special Jury Award, Audience Award

New Directors/New Films - Official Selection


"[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.

An American Library Association Video Round Table notable film of 2015


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  • 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.