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Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 20 February 2013 (France)
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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.


Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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


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 Guy Davidi

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20 February 2013 (France)  »

Also Known As:

5 Broken Cameras  »

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


$108,541 (USA) (3 May 2013)

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Emad Burnat - 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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Edited into P.O.V.: 5 Broken Cameras (2013) See more »


Composed and Performed by Gökhan Tümkya
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15 October 2013 | by (Santa Cruz Calif) – See all my reviews

I watched this documentary and had a total change in my view and support of Israel. To see soldiers shooting peaceful demonstrators (kids were also shot at) and also to see then shoot gas at them was horrible. The soldiers always shot at the unarmed and fenced in peaceful protesters. They killed innocent protesters for no reason. The also burned olive trees that the farmers living there had harvested for hundreds of years. Horrible. I will never support Israel again. They are not nice people and we in the US need to pressure our political legislators to also stop sending our countries needed funds to them so they can continue to kill innocents. If Israel is so smart, let them make money and fund their armies themselves.

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