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497 Ratings

5 Broken Cameras

Directed by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Palestinian Territory, Israel, 2011


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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5 Broken Cameras Directed by Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

2013 | Nominee: Best Documentary, Features

Sundance Film Festival

2012 | Winner: Directing Award (World Cinema Documentary Competition)

Sheffield International Documentary Festival

2012 | Winner: Audience Award

Critics reviews

…Burnat’s cameras take a beating as well and the filmmakers have chosen to use the camera casualties as a structuring principle for the documentary. This conceit ends up distracting a little from the heart of the story, and there are some other aesthetic missteps as well—in particular, the narration can sometimes veer into cliché. Ultimately though, as a political tool and a portrait of a village joining together in the face of occupation, 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is extremely effective.
April 26, 2013
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The film is about the struggle to see clearly, and the preciousness of that clarity—it’s about how this struggle is increasingly inextricable from the struggle for social justice itself.
January 31, 2013
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