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

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood December 17, 2012 at 3:11PM

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...
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"5 Broken Cameras"
"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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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.