ACADEMY AWARD NOMINEE, BEST DOCUMENTARY 2013
Nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of peaceful resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.
Shot mostly by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who received his first camera in 2005 to film the protests in his village as his youngest son was born, the footage was turned into a galvanising cinematic experience by Israeli supporter and filmmaker Gut Davidi and Burnat. Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat’s video 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.”
- Produced by Christine Camdessus, SergeGordey, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
- Written by Guy Davidi