5 Broken Cameras

Posted January 21, 2012 in

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5 Broken Cameras
Sundance Film Festival
Director/Screenwriters: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Emad Burnat got his first camera in Feb. 2005 to document the life of his fourth son. During this same time, the Israeli government began building a wall through the middle of Burnat’s Palestinian village Bil’in, destroying a significant amount of their land. The villagers of Bil’in begin to peacefully demonstrate once a week and Burnat captures it all, until his first camera is destroyed. Filmed over the course of five years, the digital footage was pulled from each of Burnat’s five destroyed cameras—some of which were smashed by Israeli officers and others that ended up with M16 bullets lodged in them. Through the lens of Burnat’s cameras, the audience gets an up-close look at what life near the Palestinian-Israeli boarder is like—we see Israeli soldiers arresting children for throwing rocks and shooting at the non-violent protesters as they march toward the wall. Even the brighter moments feel dark—like when Burnat’s four children play among spent grenades and shells from earlier altercations between the protestors and army. At times, the film feels chaotic: it’s difficult to understand why characters are being arrested or why one night Burnat is told to leave his house because it lies on a closed military zone. Ultimately, what emerges from Burnat’s powerful footage is a palpable look into the long-standing Palestinian-Israeli conflict.



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Time: 3:45 pm Date: 1/24/2012 Venue: Broadway Centre Cinema 3

Time: Noon  Date: 1/25/2012  Venue: Yarrow Hotel Theatre

Time: 1:00 pm Date:  1/26/2012 Venue: Holiday Village Cinema 4

Time: 8:30 pm  Date: 1/28/2012  Venue: Holiday Village Cinema 1

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