5 Broken Cameras (2012)

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An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent 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 co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Documentary, Drama, Art House & International, Special Interest
Directed By: ,
Written By: Guy Davidi
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 15, 2013
Box Office: $0.1M
Runtime:
Kino Lorber Films - Official Site


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Critic Reviews for 5 Broken Cameras

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (17)

This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier.

Full Review… | February 21, 2013
Wall Street Journal
Top Critic

A tough watch that'll leave you despairing of peace anytime soon.

Full Review… | October 16, 2012
Time Out
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As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac.

Full Review… | September 13, 2012
Los Angeles Times
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[A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving.

Full Review… | August 8, 2012
The New Republic
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Takes the rough material of one man's life and transforms it into a story that is universal and urgent, offering firsthand witness to events that are too often portrayed as distant and impossible to understand.

Full Review… | July 13, 2012
Washington Post
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Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside.

Full Review… | June 22, 2012
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for 5 Broken Cameras

½

Much of the footage strongly begs for historical and legal context that is never given, weakening the credibility of the film's narrative. But there is no denying the striking, unjust scenes of Israeli violence against unarmed protestors.

Matthew Slaven
Matthew Slaven

Super Reviewer

A Palestinian peasant teamed up with an Israeli director to deliver this remarkable and moving work of historical importance, which exposes a revolting situation of abusive oppression by invading Israeli forces in the West Bank village of Bil'in.

blacksheepboy
Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer

In the heartbreaking and deeply moving documentary, "5 Broken Cameras," Emad Burnat, like any proud father, uses a video camera to record every single waking moment of his fourth son Gilbreel in order to embarrass him later when he is an adult. As the owner of one of the only ones in his village, he is also the unofficial chronicler of events such as the circus. And since this is the occupied West Bank we are talking about, that extends to the building of the security wall which threatens to divide the village lands to make way for illegal Israeli settlements. The villagers respond with protests that are mostly peaceful and a little ingenious in places, and are joined by Israeli and other international activists.

Even though it is a little repetitive(perhaps by design), especially on Emad reminding us about the importance of the land, as he and other villagers depend on harvesting olives for their livelihood, "5 Broken Cameras" also shows in harrowing detail what it is like to live in the occupied territories, as Emad captures some stunning footage while putting himself and his cameras at risk, hence the title, not only for injury, but also jail time. In fact, one of his cameras ends up taking a bullet for him, but that is not what sends him to the hospital(an Israeli one) for an extended stay.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

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