5 Broken Cameras is cinema made - not as if - but really, literally because the life of the film-maker depends on it.
| Original Score: 86/100
... a mix of citizen journalism and social memoir.
Don't look to the film for specifics, but see instead a picture that suggests the impossibility of peace and a broken system, that while effective, practically ensures another go-round with the next generation.
| Original Score: B
More than or in addition to being a non-fiction, the film is a piece of life told from a personal perspective.
The circumstances under which this provocative, Oscar-nominated Palestinian documentary were made are just as interesting as the work itself.
| Original Score: B+
This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier.
[A] distressing portrait of everyday life in the West Bank... [B]oth horrific... and powerfully warm, funny, and human.
Burnat and Davidi give us access to one slice of the conflict, packaging it into a sturdily constructed work that bristles with barely contained fury.
It's a highly personalised and subjective account of the situation, yet still gives us a clear sense of how complicated life there is.
| Original Score: 4/5
A fascinating reminder of why the humble video camera can be used as a weapon against political oppression.
It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it's like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession ...
It's impossible to understate the importance of this documentary in helping us see exactly what life is like in occupied Palestine.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
It is of course a one-sided film, but a powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news.
Each broken camera records a human tragedy as it flickers with its last gaze.
Burnat's first-person footage of skirmishes with Israeli forces, filmed over five years on the titular damaged equipment, should have been allowed to tell its own story.
| Original Score: 2/5
A tough watch that'll leave you despairing of peace anytime soon.
A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world.
Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on.
| Original Score: 5/5
As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
[A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving.