5 Broken Cameras Reviews

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Robbie Collin
Daily Telegraph
October 18, 2012
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
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Leslie Felperin
Variety
February 23, 2012
Unlike the more sophisticated chronicle of resistance Burma VJ, it pays scant attention to the larger political context or, indeed, the strategies and tactics of protest in an age that offers sophisticated means of media management.
Mark Zhuravsky
The Playlist
March 14, 2013
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.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Sherwyn Spencer
Little White Lies
October 24, 2012
A fascinating reminder of why the humble video camera can be used as a weapon against political oppression.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Joe Morgenstern
Wall Street Journal
February 21, 2013
This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier.
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 26, 2012
Powerfully moving homemade doc.
Nora Lee Mandel
Film-Forward.com
May 30, 2012
[I]n the middle of the West Bank . . .this unusual blending of the personal and the political moves intensely, if narrowly, behind the shouting and shooting on the TV news.
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
Mike Scott
Times-Picayune
June 29, 2012
With Burnat's eerily emotionless narration serving as a contrast to the heart-wrenching story, what we end up with is a captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Radheyan Simonpillai
NOW Toronto
June 22, 2012
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Alison Willmore
AV Club
May 31, 2012
It offers a look at how a tireless protest can sometimes only come at the expense of one's own daily existence.
Full Review | Original Score: B
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Cath Clarke
Time Out
October 16, 2012
A tough watch that'll leave you despairing of peace anytime soon.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
Nigel Andrews
Financial Times
October 18, 2012
Each broken camera records a human tragedy as it flickers with its last gaze.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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Bruce Demara
Toronto Star
June 21, 2012
Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi helps shape all of the footage into a compelling and very personal documentary, helping to craft the eloquent commentary in Burnat's voice that knits it all together.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Jon Frosch
France24
February 18, 2013
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.
Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice
March 26, 2012
A remarkable documentary which charts the impact on a Palestinian village, and one of its children, of Israeli oppression during the past five years.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
Laura Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 18, 2012
...has a more than worthy subject, but its raw power has been blunted by a post production team intent on drawing pretty parallels.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Robin Clifford
Reeling Reviews
June 20, 2012
As the title says, Emad's five cameras pay the price for his freedom of expression by being shot (one camera shot twice) or smashed by Israeli soldiers.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
Rich Cline
Contactmusic.com
October 19, 2012
It's impossible to understate the importance of this documentary in helping us see exactly what life is like in occupied Palestine.
Full Review | Original Score: 4.5/5
MaryAnn Johanson
Flick Filosopher
February 21, 2013
[A] distressing portrait of everyday life in the West Bank... [B]oth horrific... and powerfully warm, funny, and human.
Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online
March 24, 2013
... a mix of citizen journalism and social memoir.
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New York Times
May 31, 2012
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