5 Broken Cameras
Guy Davidi & Emad Burnat
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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 turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat. Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat's video 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."
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 43
- Fresh: 41
- Rotten: 2
- Average Rating: 7.7/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: "5 Broken Cameras" provides a grim reminder - just in case you needed one - of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Fresh: As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac.
Fresh: 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.
Fresh: [It] makes no pretense at balance - it's unambiguously pro-Palestinian - but it offers a unique and intimate record.
How can the military and inhumane Israeli occupation still persist is beyond me!! The injustice must end...
To all of you out there who are saying Palestinian terrorists this and that, I urge you to, right now, go get the facts, like I did. You'll be surprised to see who the real terrorists are.