Wednesday, November 14, 7 PM
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Written by Guy Davidi
Cinematography by Emad Burnat
Editing by Guy Davidi and Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
Occupied Palestinian Territory/Israel, 2011, Kino Lorber, BluRay, B&W/color, 94 min.
An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements.
Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat.
Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat's video cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. ‘I feel like the camera protects me,’ he says, ‘but it's an illusion.’ [Kino-Lorber description]