5 Broken Cameras Wins at Sheffield DocFest

WorldView funded film 5 Broken Cameras by Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat has won the Audience Award at Sheffield DocFest 2012.

“5 Broken Cameras is a very well deserved win. It’s great that such a raw and important film is recognized by our audiences. I hope the film’s message of peaceful protest reaches even more audiences in festivals and cinemas around the world,” said Hussain Currimbhoy, Doc/Fest film programmer.

5 Broken Cameras tells the story of Palestinian villager and self-taught cameraman Emad Burnat. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born in 2005, Emad 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 years, Burnat films this non-violent struggle, which is lead 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.

In addition to the Sheffield DocFest Audience Award, 5 Broken Cameras has also been awarded World Cinema Direction Award at Sundance, Best Director Award at One World Human Rights Festival 2012, The Stephen Jarl Documentary Award at the Tempo Film Festival 2012 in Stockholm and The Golden Butterfly Award: A Matter of Act Competition at Movies That Matter at the Hague, 2012.

To see the trailer and more information about 5 Broken Cameras, click here.