Wednesday, June 05, 2013

"5 Broken Cameras": A Palestinian father documents Israeli occupation on the West Bank

“5 Broken Cameras” (or “Five Broken Cameras”) was mentioned by Michael Meek at a meeting in Arlington VA about the Ecumenical Accompaniment Program regarding Israeli settlements on the West Bank in Palestine.
  
The film, directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, portrays Emad following protests on the West Bank with cameras that the Israelis shoot or break.  He gets arrested a couple of times, once in his own house, but manages to get his films shown.  Even his wife demands that he stop, to protect the family.  He has a new baby son and several other kids, and several brothers, one of whom dies in the protests.  The social cohesion and solidarity demanded by family life of Palestinians is emphasized. 
  
Emad documents not only demonstrations but also tricks that Israelis use to get away with seizing more land illegally (by putting up trailers) and legal counter measures by the Palestinians.
  
Emad gets shot once, and is treated in an Israeli hospital.  But the Palestinian “authorities” consider his journalism outside the scope of legitimate rebellion, and won’t help him with the medical bills.
His sixth camera is still filming, even if he is not.
   
The official site is here.  The film is distributed by Kino Lorber and placed at Sundance in 2012.

.The film shows Emal's personal footage in reduced aspect ratio.
   
  
The film can be rented on YouTube for $3.99.


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