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Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 2011 (Israel)
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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 of the 5 cameras tells part of his story. Written by Guy Davidi

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Opening Weekend USA:

$6,674, 3 June 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$109,983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$283,292
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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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Damning Evidence of Ethnic Cleansing in Israel
22 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

A personal and intimate portrait of the progressing encroaching of Palestinian land by the Israeli state and their Zionist cavaliers, is filmed over a period of several years. Starting in 2005, camera after camera, "5 Broken Cameras" is frank in its portraying of the startling injustice that has beholden an entire populace.

A clear indictment of Israel as a country as well as the crazy people who claim right to the land based on biblical scripture, the olive farmer Emad Burnat films his side of the story. Naturally one can claim bias, but truly the ongoings captured on tape by the cameraman cannot be exonerated or justified, nor do any of the films detractors manage to concoct any compelling counterarguments instead of the non-sensical 'Cry Wolf' tactic. Night raids on a village in order to arrest random children? Claiming land by appropriation? Burning down orchards of peaceful farmers? Shooting at children throwing stones? Army allowing settlers to attack unarmed peaceful protesters? Banning people from building structures on their own land? Widerspread harassment techniques to stop people from protesting? Throwing people out of their own house at night because its now a "Closed Military Zone"? Shooting a captured and restrained man at point blank range in the leg? Total disregard to their own court rulings? A sniper shooting a 11 year old boy in the head? And the best Israeli apologists can come up with is... but but but... they threw rocks.

A firm believer that somewhere along the road only a one-state non-religious democratic solution can avert a brutal war. The Zionists must accept that their inhumane treatment of the Palestinian people will have to end in bloodshed - be it theirs or the genocide of the Palestinian people. Only peaceful reconciliation inspired by the greats like Nelson Mandela can counter this inevitable tragedy. Unfortunately "5 Broken Cameras" leaves little space for hope...

"5 Broken Cameras" has left me mad and riled at the international community in general, which allows an apartheid state committing daily acts of ethnic cleansing through the use of force, appropriation of land and unjust racial policies to be a member of the international community. Despite governing a state that makes South Africa's apartheid look weak and crippled, Israel has yet to have any sanctions hit against it. Even worse - USA persists in funding the same army that is brutally encroaching human rights on a daily basis.


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