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5 Broken Cameras

Guy Davidi & Emad Burnat / Palestinian Territory - France - Israel / 2011 / 90 ' / Arabic - Hebrew

Credits

Guy Davidi & Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
Guy Davidi
Emad Burnat
Amélie Canini
Adnan Joubran
Wissam Joubran
Samir Jubran
Ofer Peled

Awards & Festivals

*Nominee, Best Documentary, Academy Awards 2012
Winner, Directing Award, World Cinema - Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2012
Nominee, Grand Jury Prize, World Cinema - Documentary, Sundance Film Festival 2012
Winner, Eurodok Prize, Norsk Film Institutt 2012
Winner, Best Documentary, Jerusalem Film Festival 2012
Winner, Busan Cinephile Award, Pusan International Film festival 2012
Nominee, Best Documentary Feature Film, Asia Pacific Screen Awards 2012
Nominee, Award of the Israeli Film Academy for Best Documentary, Israeli Film Academy, 2013
Winner, Audience Award, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2011
Winner, Special Jury Award, Amsterdam International Documentary Film Festival 2011
Winner, Louis Marcorelles Award, Cinéma du Réel, 2012
Winner, Best Documentary, Durban International Film Festival, 2012
Winner, Emmy, International Emmy Awards, 2013
Winner, Best Director Award, Prague One World Film Festival, 2012
Winner, Audience Award, Sheffield International Documentary Festival, 2012
Winner, Merit Award, Taiwan International Documentary Film Festival, 2012
Winner, Golden Butterfly, The Hague Movies that Matter Festival, 2012
Winner, Grand Prix, Golden Apricot, Yerevan International Film Festival, 2012

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Inspiring, devastating and exquisite, this doc is part home movie, part resistance journal, part memorial and part impossible collaboration.

Synopsis

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 film was assembled by Burnat and Israeli co-director Guy Davidi. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s 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.”

Lifelong inhabitant of the central West Bank village of Bil’in, Emad Burnat is a freelance cameraman and photographer with experience filming for Al-Jazeera and Palestinian television. He has contributed to several documentaries, including Bil’in My Love, Palestine Kids, Open Close, and Interrupted Streams.

Born in Jaffa, Guy Davidi is a documentary filmmaker and teacher who has been directing, editing, and shooting films since the age of 16. His short documentaries include In Working Progress, Keywords, and Women Defying Barriers; his first feature film, Interrupted Streams, premiered in 2010 at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

 

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