5 Broken Cameras
Cert: 15 Year: 2011 Length: 94 mins Language: Hebrew/Arabic
Documentary, shown in Partnership with the Keswick Peace and Human Rights Group
Nominated for the Best Foreign Film Academy Award in 2012, 5 Broken Cameras was filmed over 5 years and the title refers to the five cameras that were smashed during that time.
Emad Burnat is a Palestinian who bought his first camera to film his son growing up. Gradually, as the Israeli Army's security measures impact more strongly on his village the camera and the films he makes take on a more significant purpose.
5 Broken Cameras is a polemical work and in no sense analytical. It presents with overwhelming power a case of injustice on a massive scale, and gives us a direct experience of what it's like to be on the receiving end of oppression and dispossession.... But it isn't vindictive and has a sense of history and destiny. Much may be concealed, but what we are shown and experience is the resilient spirit of one village recorded by a single observer.
Discussion after the film with Mohammed Mukulmar
Thanks to Verve
A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world.
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