5 Broken Cameras 2012

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Filmed from the perspective of a Palestinian farm laborer (Emad Burnat), 5 Broken Cameras was shot using six different video cameras ‚Äď five of which were destroyed in the process of documenting Emad‚Äôs family‚Äôs life as well as Palestinian and International resistance to Israeli appropriation of land and occupation. Emad, who lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, was thrust into global politics when his community peacefully resisted Israeli plans to erect a wall through their land to separate them from the ever growing Israeli settlements. Initially given the camera to chronicle the birth and childhood of his son Gibreel, the film captures Gibreel growing into a precocious preschooler against the backdrop of the many non-violent protests that have become an intrinsic part of life in Bil'in. With hundreds of hours of video footage covering a period of over six years, Emad started working with Israeli activist and filmmaker Guy Davidi to produce a film. Guy helped shape the material and compose a commentary for the film. Together, they have turned 5 Broken Cameras into a larger-than-life lyrical device that both informs and structures their personal and collective struggles in the West Bank. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras daringly meshes personal essay with political cinema, displaying how images and cameras can change lives and realities.

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Emad Burnat
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Runtime 1 hour 30 minutes
Starring Emad Burnat
Director Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Genres Documentary
Studio NEW WAVE
Rental release 28 January 2013
Main languages Hebrew, Arabic
Subtitles English

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Carl Freeman on 26 Feb 2013
Format: DVD
Several years ago a Palestinian farmer decided to get hold of a video camera to capture key moments in his young son's life. He could have had little idea back then that this decision would result in some of the most powerful documentary footage ever seen and him walking down the red carpet in Hollywood with his wife and son.

Knowing that this film had been nominated for an Oscar in the documentary category (I watched it days before the ceremony) I had anticipated something of a masterpiece. It certainly lived up to my expectations and more. As another reviewer has already indicated - it is difficult to comment on some scenes without giving too much away. I do have a serious piece of advice for anyone planning to watch this film though. Try not to become too fond of its central characters.....

....but of course, it is impossible not to fall in love with the personalities involved. After all they are delightful and highly lovable people. They are ordinary men, women and children who simply want to farm their land and to live their lives safely and in peace but their world is turned upside down by the on-going expansion of the occupation. For anyone reading this review who feels that the last statement is politically charged....The British Government refers to the area in which the film's events take place as the Occupied West Bank and considers the settlements that displace Palestinians to be illegal. That is the official Foreign and Commonwealth Office position. So there is no controversy in me spelling out the facts.

I already knew something of the situation in the Occupied West Bank before I bought this film. I have not been there myself, but I have friends who have served as volunteer observers in the region.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By F. A. Perry on 8 July 2013
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I watched this heartbreaking film and became more and more ashamed to be British, our government (including the USA who are more culpable) know this is going on every day, Palestinian land being stolen from them to allow Jewish settlers to take over the area.

The laws of their own government (Israel) are ignored to allow them to continue with this obscene act and what are we in the West doing, absolutely nothing. What gives the Jewish people, the USA and Britain the right to stand by and allow this to happen, what world are we now living in and what rules are we all living by.

Is the taking of the land more important than what is right and wrong and descent, have we all had our minds changed to allow this obscenity to continue, what happens in the future when we realise this is not a permanent solution?

The problem will still be around when they have taken everything, no wonder the west is losing its influence in the world as these actions take place (including South America, Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan etc).

I work with Palestinians and have trouble looking them in the eye, I feel I want to apologise for what is going on but is that enough. What do I need to do to prevent this happening as I fear the demonstrations taking place in Palestine will not prevent any of it.

I feel the solution is a political one but who is listening?
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38 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Paul Larudee on 31 Jan 2013
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This is an astonishing film that might never have come into existence if someone had not willingly chosen to dig through the mountains of film that Emad created over the years. Of course it's one-sided, and a good thing, too, because it is precisely the side that we hardly get to see and that is usually drowned out by a slick and well-funded Zionist propaganda machine. Pretty hard to refute your own eyes, too. Thank you, Emad and Guy.
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36 of 38 people found the following review helpful By lisa dundas on 26 Jan 2013
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This is a documentary filmed over a period of about 5 years and five cameras. A couple of which actually save the film maker's life. Almost immediately I forgot that the film was spoken in their native tongue with English subtitles as I was captured by the main characters. These main characters are ordinary people just trying like the rest of us to make a living. But unlike us have all their rights and land snatched cruelly away from them.
Parts of the film are funny....parts are shocking and so very, very sad, especially when you have to remind yourself that this is not some Hollywood blockbuster imitating 'war' but everyday life to these people.
This film should be on the National Curriculum in schools to open the worlds eyes to life as it is in village in Palestine.
Watch it. It WILL change your point of view on life out there forever!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A. E. Sikkema on 3 Mar 2013
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This should have won an Oscar. It is a true and extremely moving account of the dreadful conditions Palestinians have to endure while their country is illegally occupied by Israel. It tells the story of how he has filmed his young son growing up amid the misery of regular Israeli military raids and the breaking up of peaceful protests with live bullets. I urge anyone to see it to better understand the conflict in the Middle East.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By goxethee on 28 Jan 2013
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An absolute must-watch for anyone interested in the Israel/Palestine situation. This documentary follows the lives of ordinary people in an ordinary Palestinian village and their 8-year non-violent resistance to having their land stolen to make way for an Israeli settlement. The documentary shows their olive trees being bulldozed (their only source of income), a fence and wall being built around the village (to 'protect' the settlers), night raids where the Israeli army arrest children, massive barrages of tear gas grenades being fired at non-violent protestors...
Watch this movie. Funny, poignant, graphic in places, it will affect you for days - it may even change your life.
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