With 5 Broken Cameras continuing to be a resounding success, we are delighted that the film has been nominated for an award for Best Documentary Feature at the forthcoming Oscars.
The uniquely powerful documentary gives unparalleled insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. When his son is born in 2005, Emad Burnat got his first camera. At the same time in his village of Bil’in, Palestine, a separation barrier is being built – and the villagers begin to resist.
Burnat, a self-taught cameraman, begins to film this non-violent struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, while at the same time recording the growth of his son. Soon, the struggle begins to affect his life. Daily arrests, violent attacks, deaths, night raids and the bulldozing of olive trees scare his family. He, his friends and brothers are variously shot or arrested. One camera after another used to document these events is destroyed in the conflict.
Eventually Burnat joins forces with an Israeli filmmaker, Guy Davidi, and together the two filmmakers have created a powerful piece of work – where each camera unfolds a chapter in Burnat’s story.
“If you are wounded you will always remember your wound, even after it has healed. But what if you are injured again and again… you forget your scars. But the camera remembers, and so I film to heal,” says Emad Burnat.
Watch our exclusive interview with Guy Davidi, with tips and insight into directing a documentary:
You can also watch the trailer and read more about the film here