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5 Broken Cameras2011

  • 4.5
Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2013 Academy Awards®, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is an extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism and a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Guy Davidi and Burnat. Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat's video cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me," he says, "but it's an illusion."

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4 members like this review

I did like it..a lot..honest filming..simple style (farmer style?)..the destruction of olive groves by "settlers" ( who invented this term anyway? Why not call them what they are: colonialists, land grabbers, thieves? Some PR people must have given the term to the Israelis to make their actions palatable to Americans), the soldier shooting the unarmed protester in the foot AFTER arresting him...wow...after seeing this movie, you can see why the Palestinians are so frustrated..so bitter...

Where is Obama's pledge to stop the cancerous settlements?

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I agree with the other reviews: it is a film everyone should see. I particularly remember one short scene where an Israeli soldier holds a Palestinian non-violent protester, while a second Israeli soldier standing next to the two casually shoots the Palestinian in the leg. Apparently this is a practice of the Israeli military to discourage these kinds of protests.

Gee, I wonder why the Palestinians hate the Israelis.

5 members like this review

I understand why Palestinians hate Israel, in some sense, they have no other 'choice', because of how history has eventuated. However, Israel has the right to exist and it has not been left unchallenged over the decades by the cruel and persistent attacks waged by Palestinians that have continually taken the lives of their loved ones and threatened their existence.

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Something every American should see so we stop having the knee-jerk support of Israel, basically a country well on it's path to becoming an apartheid state.

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I did like it..a lot..honest filming..simple style (farmer style?)..the destruction of olive groves by "settlers" ( who invented this term anyway? Why not call them what they are: colonialists, land grabbers, thieves? Some PR people must have given the term to the Israelis to make their actions palatable to Americans), the soldier shooting the unarmed protester in the foot AFTER arresting him...wow...after seeing this movie, you can see why the Palestinians are so frustrated..so bitter...

Where is Obama's pledge to stop the cancerous settlements?

4 members like this review

Israel 'settlers' are actually Jews who were GIVEN the land in 1948. Please do the world a favor and read history on this subject. We don't need more ignorance than there already is. Don't base your opinions on a one-sided documentary that doesn't take into account the long history and the many complexities of the situation.

Israel has a right to exist. Until the Arabs recognize this, there will be no peace. Israel will continue to fight for its right to exist even as the West is fooled into believing that they are in the wrong.

Israel has a right to exist. Until the Arabs recognize this, there will be no peace. Israel will continue to fight for its right to exist even as the West is fooled into believing that they are in the wrong.

Israel has a right to exist. Until the Arabs recognize this, there will be no peace. Israel will continue to fight for its right to exist even as the West is fooled into believing that they are in the wrong.

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Loved it! People can be so resilient in the most horrific situations. I wonder how the children of B'ilin will grow up.

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Kudos to FANDOR for this timely gift, anticipating Awards season.

This extraordinary documentary speaks to the power of the camera to bear witness to horrific events that disrupt Burnat's life, as well as those of his fellow villagers in occupied Bil'in. Watching ancient olive trees purposely set on fire chills the soul. The only obligation of the victim, Burnat attests, is to heal. And he chooses to do so by filming the events as they happen. Even as he films, he is fostering the faith that his footage will mean something. Thus, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is perhaps one of the most eloquent expressions of the act of creating meaning that I've ever experienced, thereby providing a human perspective on history. This film is a creative, political--but, above all, a human--triumph.

1 member likes this review

A film that illustrates the atrocities of repression.

If you don't feel passion and a sense of loss for these Palestinians, you have no heart.

Who really are the bad guys?

Though I don't condone their behavior, I now understand why terrorism exists.

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Captivating, engaging, and politically important.

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A good telling of a sad story. The world should see this.

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Excellent documentary about the brutal apartheid/occupation Israel is carrying out against Palestine. It took such incredible courage to document these events under such dangerous circumstances, and I am in awe of Emad Burnat and his fellow protestors. Fuck Zionism!

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Excellent film. Truly opened my eyes.

This was an insightful film about the consequences of a decision that was made years ago. It seems irrelevant whether that was a good agreement or a bad agreement. But it was in fact an agreement between two governments. When it came down to executing upon the agreement, where was the Palestinian government in communicating and perhaps compensating and/or addressing those who bore the hardship of the agreement? I don't hold the Israelis harmless. The soldiers were put in a very awkward position, using the only tools they were trained to use. Inept leadership and poor communication on both sides of this battle led to some very uncomfortable and regrettably for some life-ending results.

Agree with many of the reviews below. I wonder like so many why so much of the rich very rich a

Arab nations do so little to help these pour forgotten people?. Israel would not exist without the support of of the West ? , they must not forget this. The burning of the olive trees, says it all.

the arab nations created palestine with palestine's cause of wiping out israel. Why would they 'help' Palestine when it serves their purpose of destroying those they consider enemies (Jews). The Arab countries outnumber Israel 50:1 and yet the West is fooled into thinking that Israel is the instigator. This film is added fuel to the fire, untrue in many instances ...

Excellent film, I strongly recommend it.

worthy of its nomination

Compelling and humane