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5 Broken Cameras

This screening took place on
Sunday, March 3, 2013 at 3:30pm
Yukon Arts Centre

When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle lead by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; he, his friends, and brothers are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story. In Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles.

“A rigorous and moving work of art” NY Times

Eloquence, spare cinematic metaphor and intimate personal vision create a visceral, first-person story of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlement in this Sundance and IDFA award-winner. This collaboration between Palestinian farmer-filmmaker Emad Burnat and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi begins when Emad buys his first camera to film his fourth son’s arrival. That same week, bulldozers begin ripping out the village’s olive trees to make way for a separation wall, so Emad films that too. And so begin the six-year, five-camera parallel arcs of his son’s growth and the genesis of an international resistance movement. As construction of the wall intensifies so do the protests. Arrests become commonplace, the situation increasingly volatile. Emad keeps filming despite the dangers, creating a brilliant example of what documentary is at its core, allowing the personal to transcend politics to tell the deeper humanist story. Gisèle Gordon, Hot Docs Film Festival

  • Directed by Emad Burnat/ Guy Davidi
  • 2012, Pal/Isl/Fra/Net
  • 94 minutes
  • Film Subtitled
  • Parental Guidance Advised
5 Broken Cameras

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