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5 Broken Cameras

Year: 2011

Genre: Documentary

Duration: 94 mins

Starring: N/A

Directors: Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat

Winner of audience prizes at festivals around the world, and longlisted for an Oscar, 5 Broken Cameras is the story of Bil’in, a West Bank Palestinian village, whose inhabitants have long been mounting a resistance to the occupation and appropriation of their land for neighbouring Israeli settlements. It is told via the footage of local inhabitant Emad Burnat, who bought a camera to make home movies about the growing years of his newborn son Gibreel, but soon started to document the daily acts of defiance against the provocations by the army, police and settlers. Over the course of several years his cameras are damaged, or even shot, but Emad, and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, have together shaped the hundreds of hours filmed into a compelling, stirring and moving document of the collective struggles that daringly meshes the personal essay with political cinema.