Video Documentary: 5 Broken Cameras

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Video Documentary

5 Broken Cameras, the first Palestinian documentary nominated for an Oscar, gives an overwhelming representation of injustice and brutality on massive scale against the residents of a village called Bil’in in the West Bank. The Israeli settlers rejoiced when they move to the new apartments in the neighboring peaks at Bilin, settlements on land stolen from Bil’in peasants. Not only the people of Bilin are cruelly attacked and oppressed, as well as the olive trees they left, which are burnt by insolent settlers or even uprooted by the army using armored construction machinery.

Synopsis: Nominated for an Oscar, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village where Israel is building a security fence. Palestinian Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, shot the film and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi co-directed. The filmmakers follow one family’s evolution over five years, witnessing a child’s growth from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him. The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production.

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