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5 Broken Cameras

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PBS Premiere: August 26, 2013


Nominated for an Oscar®, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.

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Film Information

5 Broken Cameras (90 min.)

Premiere Date: August 26, 2013

Streaming Dates: Expired

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Trailer: Link | Embed

Filmmakers: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi Bio | Interview | Statement

Press: Press Release | Fact Sheet | Critical Acclaim


Emad Burnat
Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi
Guy Davidi

Critical Acclaim

A visual essay in autobiography. . . . a modest, rigorous and moving work of art. ”

— A.O. Scott, The New York Times (Critics' Pick)

The film’s sense of intimacy, its closeness to real people and painful events, allows it to reach a deeper place than more conventional pieces of political rhetoric. ”

— Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Illuminates an otherwise opaque part of human experience with deeply personal but widely resonant observations and emotion. ”

— Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

A powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news. ”

— Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian

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