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by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi


There are five cameras – each with a story of their own. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. At the same time in his village of Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers begin to resist this decision. For the next year, Burnat films this struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, while at the same time recording the growth of his son. Very soon, these events begin to affect his family and his own life. Daily arrests, violent attacks, bulldozers knocking down olive trees, the loss of life and night raids in the village scare his family. His friends, brothers and even himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another used to document these events is shot or smashed. Each camera unfolds a part of history and his story. Eventually, in 2009 Burnat approaches Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi and together from these five broken cameras and the stories that they represent, these two filmmakers create the film.

international title: 5 Broken Cameras
original title: 5 Broken Cameras
country: Palestine, Israel, France, Netherlands
sales agent: CAT&Docs
year: 2011
genre: documentary
directed by: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
film run: 94'
release date: UK 19/10/2012, SE 26/10/2012, PL 25/01/2013, FR 20/02/2013
cinematography by: Emad Burnat
film editing: Guy Davidi, Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot
producer: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi, Serge Gordey, Christine Camdessus
production: Alegria Productions, Burnat Films Palestine, Guy DVD Films
backing: ITVS International, RTS Radio Télévision Suisse, Greenhouse, The New Israeli Foundation for Cinema & The Israeli Film Council, The Jan Vrijman Fund, CoPro-Documentary Marketing Foundation, IDFA Academy,Asian Cinema Fund, Fondation Alter-Ciné
distributor: New Wave Films, Against Gravity, Zeugma Films, Folkets Bio
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