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5 Broken Cameras

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • A Palestinian farmer who purchased a video camera to document the birth of his fourth son begins using it to record the struggle between his people and Israeli settlers, and continues to buy a new camera each time his old one is damaged in the fray. The year was 2005. Bil'in family man Emad Burnat was celebrating the birth of his fourth son Gibreel when the settlers began erecting a massive separation barrier in their village. Over the course of the next two years, Burnat alternated between documenting his son's development, and turning his camera on the peaceful protests over the controversial barrier. As the tensions swell, Burnat finds himself having to replace broken cameras with alarming frequency. This is the story of each of Burnat's cameras, and the images they captured as his friends, family, and loved ones waged a valiant struggle to preserve their way of life.
  • Critic Reviews
    "An effective pairing of political history with personal life, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS offers a first-hand look at five years of West Bank protests."
    Hollywood Reporter

    "The film does succeed as a powerful evocation of war, friendship, and heroic resistance."
    Film Comment

    "[A] visual essay in autobiography and, as such, a modest, rigorous and moving work of art."
    New York Times

    "The personal and the political are one and the same in the striking documentary 5 BROKEN CAMERAS..."
    A.V. Club

    "As raw as the material of 5 BROKEN CAMERAS can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac."
    Los Angeles Times

    5 stars out of 5 -- "The sights captured are sobering, shocking....Despite the palpable sense of despair running through the film, it does end on a note of victory..."
    Total Film

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