West Bank: 5 Broken Cameras

This is the trailer for the documentary, "West Bank: 5 Broken Cameras," winner of the World Cinema Directing Award for a documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

An extraordinary work of cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is 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 given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's 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,new Israeli homes are built, protests intensify, and lives are lost. "I feel like the camera protects me," he says, "but it's an illusion."

“I know they may knock on my door at any moment,” says Burnat, “But I’ll just keep filming. It helps me confront life and survive.”

The film opened May, 30th at New York's Film Forum, with the following national dates to follow

Landmark Shattuck Cinemas Berkeley CA June 22nd – 28th

Landmark Lumiere Theatre San Francisco CA June 22nd – 28th

Camera Cinemas San Jose CA June 22nd – 28th

Lake Worth Playhouse Lake Worth FL June 22nd – 28th

Zeitgeist Arts Center New Orleans LA June 29th – July 5th

Landmark Kendall Square Cinema Boston MA June 22nd – 28th

New Mexico
Center For Contemporary Arts Santa Fe NM June 22nd – 28th

Guild Cinema Albuquerque NM July 16th – 19th

New York
Film Forum New York NY May 30th – June 12th

Time & Space Limited Hudson NY July 5th-8th, 12th-14th

Washington DC
Landmark E Street Cinema Washington DC July 13th – 19th


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