'5 Broken Cameras,' Kino Lorber's Hard-Hitting Israel-Palestine Conflict Doc To Premiere on Hulu Plus

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by Beth Hanna
December 17, 2012 3:11 PM
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"5 Broken Cameras"
Kino Lorber will premiere Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat's "5 Broken Cameras" December 17 on Hulu Plus, prior to the film's DVD and VOD release in early 2013. The documentary, an account of non-violent resistence on the West Bank from the perspective of Palestinian farmer and co-director Burnat, was recently shortlisted by the Academy in the Documentary Feature race.

"5 Broken Cameras" also won the World Cinema Directing Award at Sundance 2012. Check out our TOH! review here. Indiewire interviews the filmmakers here.

Official synopsis:

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, the film was shot almost entirely by Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son - and was quickly thrust into global politics when he recorded his neighbors peacefully resisting Israeli plans to erect a wall through their village.

With hundreds of hours of video footage covering a period of five years, co-directors Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat assembled the film into a larger-than-life narrative depicting personal and collective struggles, as well as tragedy and destruction, in the West Bank - turning the film into a worldwide phenomenon.

Here's the New York Times review:

“5 Broken Cameras” provides a grim reminder — just in case you needed one — of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A chronicle of protest and endurance, punctuated by violence and tiny glimmers of hope, this documentary is unlikely to persuade anyone with a hardened view of the issue to think again. For anyone who retains an interest in the human contours of the situation, however, the movie is necessary, if difficult, viewing.

And the Hollywood Reporter:

The focus on Gibreel anchors the film, but Burnat and his filmmaking partner Guy Davidi (an Israeli) use another conceit to give the film chronological structure. As the title suggests, it was made largely with five cameras that were much abused as Burnat struggled to film protests and everyday friction. Numerous times, his cameras were broken by bullets; on one occasion, the filmmaker believes a bullet lodged in his camera would otherwise have killed him.

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1 Comment

  • karen Swanson | January 5, 2013 1:56 PMReply

    I was there in 2004, walking down that road and protesting with the Palestinian Villagers.

    Every Friday after noon the Palestinians, along with internationals and even Israeli sympathizers would stage a protest walk and every Friday the Israel military shot at the unarmed protesters.
    I was hit in the back of my head by a gas grenade while running from the Israeli gunfire.
    I needed stitches to close the wound. We found the spent shells of sound grenades, gas grenades, rubber bullets and live ammunition on the ground that had been used against the protesters.

    I am anxious to see the movie.
    I look forward to sharing my experience in Palestine with my friends.

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