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5 Broken Cameras [DVD]

Emad Burnat , Emad Burnat , Guy Davidi    Exempt   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Emad Burnat
  • Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Arabic
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: New Wave Films
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,555 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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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 five of which were destroyed in the process of documenting Emad s family s 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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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A masterpiece that deserves your attention 26 Feb 2013
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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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A NUST SEE FOR EVERYONE WITH A HEART! 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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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
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 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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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Important, compelling, a masterpiece. 28 Jan 2013
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This will change the way you see things forever 29 Mar 2013
OK, where to begin? To be honest I really did not want to watch this as movies, documentaries and articles regarding Palestine/Israel are always the epitome of the darkest depression & the most frantic frustrations one will feel. However, after reading about the incident with Emad Burnat in the US and Michael Moore during the Oscars I bit my lip and watched it. All I can say is wow... this is footage captured by a Palestinian over the course of 5-8 years on the front line. It is raw and jagged and cuts to the heart deep into the core. The story is poignantly told with the birth of Emads son and the events that occur throughout his sons life.

The sheer resilience, heart, passion, determination, hope, courage, defiance, humanity, perseverance, will, strength & patience captured by Emad has to be witnessed to be believed. If a single picture paints a 1000 words, imagine a compilation of moving pictures spread throughout the years. Always protesting non-nonviolently against the illegal land seizures, the constructions of buildings, the barriers erected and the settlers swarming in to occupy stolen land is always met with unbridled violence by the soldiers with extreme prejudice regardless of age or sex.

You will see scenes that will make leave you in a suspension of disbelief the manner in which hostilities are always escalated by the soldiers when approached by villagers unarmed who are merely protesting and begging to be treated like human beings. Always met with physical violence, tear gas, stun grenades & bullets. Shot after shot, year after year shows the same reaction by the soldiers to unarmed and peaceful demonstrations. The worst one was when a group of children approached demonstrating for peace to be met with a rain of tear gas and bullets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a real eye opener
This documentary produced a real "fly on the wall" experience. Shocking, upsetting and yet hopeful of a better future. Read more
Published 14 days ago by sue brock
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Everyone should watch this compelling little film about how the lives of ordinary people are being systematically trampled by a larger power and their struggle to hold on to their... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sterling
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing
...for anyone who wants to see what life is like in the stolen land of Palestine. the violent responses to a group of peaceful protesters is shocking; for me, the saddest thing was... Read more
Published 20 days ago by anonymous
4.0 out of 5 stars dvd
true story, opens your eyes to how some people have to live their lives.there must be more like this on the net, from both sides of the divide.
Published 1 month ago by jimbob
5.0 out of 5 stars Please watch this !
This documentary is filmed at a steady pace, with commentary by the cameraman Emad, over a five year period. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Newman
5.0 out of 5 stars worth buying
a non- sensationalist true account of life under Israeli occupation- watch it and weep for the injustices inflicted daily on ordinary families
Published 2 months ago by gamegirl
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This is a wonderful documentary of how the occupation of Palestine affects and oppresses ordinary people and in turn inspires extraordinary accts of peaceful resistance. Read more
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This is yet another piece of evidence that if Gandhi had been Palestinian, Israel would have murdered him, ruthlessly. Period.
Published 2 months ago by Refaat Alareer
5.0 out of 5 stars A film that is not for the faint of heart
Essential viewing for anyone who relates to the Palestinian struggles, to the problems of the wall of separation, and to how a down trodden and mostly abandoned people live their... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Julian Gray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent but disturbing...
Not the usual run-of -the-mill by any means. It holds together very well
and perhaps it may not be their cup of tea for some people but after watching
it there some... Read more
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