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Five Broken Cameras (2011)

Not Rated | | Documentary, War | 2011 (Israel)
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A documentary on a Palestinian farmer's chronicle of his nonviolent resistance to the actions of the Israeli army.

Directors:

Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 18 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Emad Burnat ... Himself - Narrator
Soraya Burnat Soraya Burnat ... Herself - Wife of Emad
Mohammed Burnat Mohammed Burnat ... Himself - Son of Emad
Yasin Burnat Yasin Burnat ... Himself - Son of Emad
Taky-Adin Burnat Taky-Adin Burnat ... Himself - Son of Emad
Gibreel Burnat Gibreel Burnat ... Himself - Son of Emad
Muhammad Burnat Muhammad Burnat ... Himself - Father of Emad
Bassem Abu-Rahma Bassem Abu-Rahma ... Himself - Protester (as Phil)
Adeeb Abu-Rahma Adeeb Abu-Rahma ... Himself - Protester
Ashraf Abu-Rahma Ashraf Abu-Rahma ... Himself - Protester (as Daba)
Intisar Burnat Intisar Burnat ... Herself - Mother of Emad
Eyad Burnat Eyad Burnat ... Himself - Brother of Emad
Riyad Burnat Riyad Burnat ... Himself - Brother of Emad
Khaled Burnat Khaled Burnat ... Himself - Brother of Emad
Jafar Burnat Jafar Burnat ... Himself - Brother of Emad
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Storyline

When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Emad films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, alongside filming how Gibreel grows. Very soon it affects his family and his own life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot at or smashed. Each of the 5 cameras tells part of his story. Written by Guy Davidi

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Documentary | War

Certificate:

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Language:

Hebrew | Arabic

Release Date:

2011 (Israel) See more »

Also Known As:

5 Broken Cameras See more »

Filming Locations:

Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,674, 3 June 2012

Gross USA:

$109,983

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$146,475
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Stereo

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Emad Burnat - Narrator: Healing is a challenge in life. It's a victim sole obligation. By healing, you resist oppression. But when I'm hurt over and over again, I forget the wounds that rule my life. Forgotten wounds can't be healed. So I film to heal. I know they may knock at my door at any moment. But I'll just keep filming. It helps me confront life. And survive.
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Connections

Referenced in Matzav Ha'Uma: Episode #8.10 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Music from the albums: Randana, Majâz, As far
Music composed and performed by Samir Joubran, Wissam Joubran, Adnan Joubran
Interpreted by Le Trio Joubran
Percussions by Yousef Hbeisch
(p) & (c) Randana - 2007
Courtesy of Randana
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I loved this Documentary
24 April 2013 | by doom-caSee all my reviews

Five Broken Cameras is one of those pleasant surprises that you encounter as a movie buff. A homegrown low budget documentary that has you wondering right from the start. The title in and of itself had me curious, and helped pull me in - is this guy some camera shop mechanic or what? Who entitles their documentary after broken cameras? Fortunately, that mystery is solved instantaneously when you find out the film maker's journey through a Palestinian's point of view about the erecting of Israeli wall. It's an eye opening experience to see the progression of the film maker, both in his journey to see the building of the wall either diminished or stopped and his experience as a film maker in capturing the whole experience of the Palestinian domestic way of life. As a North American we are often removed from the complexities of the mid east and most of us are too busy living our own lives to really get a taste of events there. We see it on CNN or read about events in the papers, but it is rare to see such a gem of a documentary that really provides a domestic, gritty look at daily existence on the west bank. If you are a documentary lover, you will enjoy this movie, even if you are not - and just curious about Palestinian life - it's worth a look. I hope you enjoy the documentary - I know I did.

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