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Five Broken Cameras (2011)

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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

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Himself - Narrator
Soraya Burnat ...
Herself - Wife of Emad
Mohammed Burnat ...
Himself - Son of Emad
Yasin Burnat ...
Himself - Son of Emad
Taky-Adin Burnat ...
Himself - Son of Emad
Gibreel Burnat ...
Himself - Son of Emad
Muhammad Burnat ...
Himself - Father of Emad
Bassem Abu-Rahma ...
Himself - Protester (as Phil)
Adeeb Abu-Rahma ...
Himself - Protester
Ashraf Abu-Rahma ...
Himself - Protester (as Daba)
Intisar Burnat ...
Herself - Mother of Emad
Eyad Burnat ...
Himself - Brother of Emad
Riyad Burnat ...
Himself - Brother of Emad
Khaled Burnat ...
Himself - Brother of Emad
Jafar Burnat ...
Himself - Brother of Emad
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When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One Camera after another is shot at or smashed, each camera tells a part of his story. Written by Guy Davidi

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Release Date:

20 February 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Fem förstörda kameror  »

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$6,674 (USA) (1 June 2012)

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$108,541 (USA) (3 May 2013)
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Himself - Narrator: Healing is a challenge in life. It's a victim sole obligation. By healing, you resist oppression. But when I'm hurt over and over again, I forget the wounds that rule my life. Forgotten wounds can't be healed. So I film to heal. I know they may knock at my door at any moment. But I'll just keep filming. It helps me confront life. And survive.
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Music from the albums: Randana, Majâz, As far
Music composed and performed by Samir Joubran, Wissam Joubran, Adnan Joubran
Interpreted by Le Trio Joubran
Percussions by Yousef Hbeisch
(p) & (c) Randana - 2007
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19 September 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Anyone who thinks that Israel is a democratic law-abiding country must watch this. Actually, first watch a WW2 movie depicting the horrors of the Nazis & then watch this.

This kind of honest simple reporting is sadly missing in Western media. I admire the bravery of this Palestinian man in getting his message across despite so many hardships.

Tell me why would the Israelis shoot at the unarmed Palestinians with live ammunition - particularly when they're on the Palestinian side of the fence?

Bravo Emad! You're getting your message out to the world!


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