Five broken cameras—and each one has a powerful tale to tell. Embedded in the bullet-ridden remains of digital technology is the story of Emad Burnat, a farmer from the Palestinian village of Bil’in, which famously chose nonviolent resistance when the Israeli army encroached upon its land to make room for Jewish colonists. Emad buys his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his fourth son, Gibreel. Over the course of the film, he becomes the peaceful archivist of an escalating struggle as olive trees are bulldozed, lives are lost, and a wall is built to segregate burgeoning Israeli settlements.
Gibreel’s loss of innocence and the destruction of each camera are potent metaphors in a deeply personal documentary that vividly portrays a conflict many of us think we know. Emad Burnat, a Palestinian, joins forces with Guy Davidi, an Israeli, and—from the wreckage of five broken cameras—two filmmakers create one extraordinary work of art. –Sundance Film Festival
A film about resistance, community, injustice, and the power of a camera to not just document atrocious human rights violations but to help one man survive trauma. A must-see.
The poetry of resistance, made more powerful because the footage speaks for itself.Sadly,not enough people will see this personal documentary.
I like the changes in "stock" quality as each camera gets replaced, but it feels like a sign of poverty rather than an aesthetic choice. Anyway, the raw material of this film is often so fascinating because it has been wrenched from a poor, largely image-less and luddite world. But it's very earnest; a little imaginative lyricism would be welcome, but maybe too much of a luxury in such a wartorn place. Poignant.
Four films see their first New Directors/New Films screenings on Monday and Tuesday.