Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, the documentary 5 Broken Cameras takes an international tragedy and reframes it in light of its impact on the life of one family.
When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera to film the early years of his new child. In his village, Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, while at the same time filming the growth of his son. Very soon the struggle begins to have lasting impact on his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, his brothers and he himself are either wounded or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed. And each broken camera has a story to tell.
5 Broken Cameras screens on Sunday, 16 August at 6.30pm at Cinema Nouveau Rosebank in Johannesburg.
The film prompted the following review from The New York Times: “Necessary, if difficult viewing…. Partly a piece of advocacy journalism. But it’s also a visual essay in autobiography and, as such, a modest, rigorous and moving work of art…’
Awards include: Directing Award for World Documentary – Sundance Film Festival
Special Jury Award and Audience Award – IDFA
Best Feature Documentary – Jerusalem Film Festival
Grand Jury Award – London Open City Docs Fest 2012
Audience Award – Sheffield 2012
The Marshall of Lower Silesia Award – Planete+ Doc Film Festival
Louis Marcorelle Award – Cinema du Reel
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