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Genre Drama
Running Time 90 min
MPAA rating Unrated
Release Date May 30, 2012
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5 Broken Cameras

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 given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution… Show more

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June 22, 2012 - Boston.com - By Mark Feeney, Globe Staff

The organizing principle of the Palestinian documentary “5 Broken Cameras” is right there in the title, and it’s so simple it’s inspired. The cameras belong to Emad Burnat, the film’s co-director, narrator, and principal photographer. He’s an olive farmer in the West Bank village of Bil’in who got his first video camera in 2005, when his youngest son was born. After a barrier was built in the village to protect an Israeli settlement, Burnat began using the camera to record demonstrations and other political activity. “When something happens in the village,” he says in a voiceover, “my intention is to film it.”

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