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5 Broken Cameras Reviews

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Stanley Kauffmann
The New Republic
August 8, 2012
[A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving.
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Ann Hornaday
Washington Post
July 13, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
Mike Scott
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
Kelly Vance
East Bay Express
June 26, 2012
Powerfully moving homemade doc.
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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail
June 22, 2012
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 | Original Score: 3/4
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Walter V. Addiego
San Francisco Chronicle
June 21, 2012
[It] makes no pretense at balance - it's unambiguously pro-Palestinian - but it offers a unique and intimate record.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
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Mark Feeney
Boston Globe
June 21, 2012
What we do see has an immediacy and intimacy that's involving. It also can feel a bit wayward and cumulatively wearying.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
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+
Peg Aloi
Boston Phoenix
June 20, 2012
Shocking footage details the horrors of the village's daily routine; but amidst the violence, a spirit of resistance prevails, providing hope of redemption.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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-
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V.A. Musetto
New York Post
June 1, 2012
The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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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
Louis Proyect
May 30, 2012
A truly powerful statement on the horrors of occupation and the heart of the resistance to it.
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A.O. Scott
New York Times
May 30, 2012
"5 Broken Cameras" provides a grim reminder - just in case you needed one - of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
| Original Score: 4/5
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Mark Holcomb
Village Voice
May 30, 2012
Startlingly intimate and direct, this first-person doc by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi requires multiple viewings for anyone eager to work out how it could have been shot with such precision and visual ingenuity under such plainly chaotic conditions.
Nora Lee Mandel
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
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Joshua Rothkopf
Time Out
May 29, 2012
Troublesome, worthy.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
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
Chris Cabin
Slant Magazine
March 17, 2012
Provides a birdsong of perseverance in the face of irrational violence, immense historic anger, and grim, seemingly insurmountable realities.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
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