Vera & Donald Blinken Open Society Archives
5 Broken Cameras
Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
The Netherlands & France & Israel & Palestine
2011 / 90 min / Arabic & Hebrew
A family saga with 4 children, 5 broken cameras, and countless burnt olive trees. A first-person story of non-violent resistance in a West Bank village.
Academy Award 2012, nominated, Audience Award, IDFA 2011, Directing Award, Sundance 2012.
Emad is a farmer in Bil'in, just west of the West Bank city of Ramallah. He bought his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. With it, his passion for recording his family and his village was born. During the following years, Emad filmed the bulldozers ripping the olive trees out of the ground, the steady progress of the construction of the dividing wall, burgeoning Israeli settlements, and the villagers’ non-violent protests, as well as their arrests and deaths. Emad keeps on filming even when his cameras are destroyed one after another by the soldiers’ bullets and despite pleas from his wife, who fears reprisals. Palestinian Emad Burnat joins forces with Guy Davidi, an Israeli, and — from the wreckage of five broken cameras — the two filmmakers create one extraordinary work of art about one village's struggle.
The first in the Re-Verzio series: OSA and Verzio Film Festival present six outstanding documentaries, the most popular films of the 9th Verzio International Human Rights Documentary Film Festival. For more details, see the pdf flyer below.
Films are screened in original language with English subtitles.