Savoy Theater - Upstairs Fri, Mar 29, 2013 4:15 PM
Savoy Theater - Downstairs Sun, Mar 31, 2013 6:00 PM
Film Info
Type of Film:Documentary
Runtime:94 minutes
Production Country:Palestine
Original Language:Hebrew
Cast/Crew Info
Director:Guy Davidi


~Oscar Nominee for Best Documentary Feature~ An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of nonviolent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli codirector Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s 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.” –Kino Lorber; “A fascinating reminder of why the humble video camera can be used as a weapon against political oppression.” –Little White Lies