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5 Broken Cameras

Directed by: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
94 Minutes, 2011, Documentary; War

Emad, who lives in the Palestinian village of Bil’in, buys his first camera when his son Gibreel is born, and puts it to use beyond creating family memories. When the government attempts to build a barrier across villagers’ lands, Emad films the resistance and is caught up in a storm of arrests and night raids. One camera after another is shot or smashed. And with each camera, a new chapter of Emad’s story unfolds.

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Directors: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Producer: Guy DVD Productions

Distributor: Kino Lorber


Academy Award Nominee - Best Documentary, 2013

Sheffield Doc/Fest. - Audience Award, 2012

Best Documentary award - Jerusalem Film Festival 2012

Sundance Film Festival 2012- Documentary Director's Award


The film shows the Israeli occupation through the eyes of a small village and its people from 2005 to 2010. It’s a very honest film that depicts the struggle the Palestinians live through every day being treated like animals and sometimes worse by the young Israeli soldiers who daily harasses them. The film is necessary to show the people behind the statistics. The families that try to survive in occupied territories. It’s difficult not to wonder if the Nazis in Germany treated the Jews during the early thirties worse or better than the Palestinians are treated by the Israeli military. This is a very important film that I recommend to everybody that wishes to see how daily life is like on occupied territories in Palestine.