A Palestinian journalist buys a camera in 2005 to document the birth of his 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, cameras are smashed, and a wall is built…
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One can't help but feel a little outrage at the Israeli barrier wall and the land grab that went with it in the name of protecting 'settlers'. When the long oppressed become the bullying oppressors themselves one can only assume that power truly does corrupt. While there are many political arguments that can be made one can only see the tragedy in a marginalized people and generation. Top notch documentary.
Emad seems to be everywhere, filming as soldiers mere inches away from him drag his friends through the dirt and fire gas and live rounds into non-violent crowds. Its a miracle he only went through 5 cameras. The result of 5 years of filming makes for truly a powerful intimate portrait, a coming of age for Emad's song Gibreel, and a story of resistance which is sure to inspire, frustrate, sadden, and make one think.
A powerful, personal and surprisingly accessible documentary about belonging, suffering, endurance and loss of innocence within the ongoing conflict between Israel and Palestine. The filmmakers lay their lives on the line while staying very much impartial. There was only one scene where father and son are working on a car together that I found myself questioning any sense of manipulation. Great stuff! 4 stars
I doesn't care about the shooting technique, its important is showing a truth, honest, suffering, struggle, sorrow, hapinest, freedom. and this film mades me cried when the children did a demontrating to demand a silency in night so they can sleep at night, and when Israel arrest children, All world must see it!! and yeah after i watched this film I wanna go to Palestine and participate to demanding freedom
to know that there are people like this and will continue to do things, great things, like this provides me the smallest ounce of hope that things will change. a man going through so much struggle and 5 years worth of footage in such a toxic land is incredible from start to finish.