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The Marines of Echo Company
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 of the 5 cameras tells part of his story. Written by
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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The title of the moved had my attention. Did this movie telling about a man who liked to destroy his camera? Totally wrong. My experience watching documentary film never been good. But this one is different. This documentary taken by Emad, who live in Bil'in, near the border of Israeli settlement, with his family. Emad filming it from 2005-2010, the using of first camera marked by his fourth son birth, Gibreel, a heart-taker boy with his adorable smile. Bil'in threatened with Israel's settlement which growing up uncontrollably. The Israel's settlement supposed to be has its own area as the agreement before, but they keep expand the housing area. Meanwhile they also built the prickly high fence to prevent the Palestinian enter Israel's area. The residence did protest to the Israeli army. In return, the threw tear gas to the unarmed civilians. Not only that, they keep shooting to any demonstrator, old, young, woman, man. They didn't care. All they wanted to do was to keep them away from the border. The one who consider trigger the protest would be arrested, though the kid. There was interesting moment when Palestinian kids protested to the army with the demand's poster : we want to sleep! let's us sleep at night.
Mostly, Emad's camera damaged because of Israeli army. They shoot it. Not only Emad's camera, but also others journalist's camera. Emad's brother, Adeeb, always became the front man when demonstration occur. He's not afraid even he sent to the jail for several times,had been shot, and need a year to recover.
This documentary is worth to watch because it tells us the fact. The fact that this is still happen. A group of people treated unfairly. Why should shoots people to get the land? 5 broken cameras persuade us to think about this question : does the rights to live independently without being fear become more impossible nowadays?
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