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5 Broken Cameras

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* Planet + Docs - The Marshall of Lower Silesia Award (Poland)
* Planet + Docs - The Millennium Award Grand Prize (Poland)
* One World Film Festival 2012 Directing Award (Czech-Republic)
* Tempo Film Festival – Best Documentary (Sweden)
* Movies that Matter – Students’ Choice (Netherlands)
* Movies that Matter – A matter of Act Award (Netherlands)
* Cinema Du Reel 2012 Louis Marcorelles Award
* EuroDok - Best Documentary (Norway)
* SUNDANCE 2012 World Documentary Directing Award
* IDFA 2011 Audience Award
* IDFA 2011 Special Jury Mention


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5 Broken Cameras

by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Guy DVD Films, Burnat Films Palestine, Alegría Productions
| 2011 | color / black and white | video | 90’ & 52’ |


SYNOPSIS:

Palestinian farm laborer Emad has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village's resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Using the first camera, he recorded how the bulldozers came to rip the olive trees out of the ground in 2005. Here, a wall was built directly through his fellow villagers' land to separate the advancing Jewish settlements from the Palestinians.

In the first days of resistance to the Jewish colonists and the ever-present Israeli soldiers, Emad's son Gibreel was born. Scenes shift from the infant growing into a precocious preschooler to the many peaceful acts of protest, and the steady progress of the construction of the dividing wall. Sympathizers from all over the world, including from Israel, provide help as resistance develops, but when the situation intensifies, people are arrested and villagers are killed.

Emad keeps on filming despite pleas from his wife, who fears reprisals. It makes for an intensely powerful personal document about one village's struggle against violence and oppression.

DocHouse Q&A
5 BROKEN CAMERAS with directors Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi

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- The Washington Post
- Village Voice
- Variety
- Daily Beast
- Film Society of Lincoln Center Blog
- Jewish Week
- Time Out NY
- Film Forward
- Partners 4 Israel
- Spirituality and Practice
- Slant
- Rue 89
- The New York Times
- The Hollywood Reporter
- Artinfo Movie Journal
- Le Monde