5 Broken Cameras

In this moving documentary, a Palestinian farmer chronicles his village's nonviolent resistance to the presence of encroaching Israeli settlers and military. As camera after camera gets shot or otherwise destroyed, the farmer continues filming.
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As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac.
Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times  full review
[A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving.
Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic  full review
Takes the rough material of one man's life and transforms it into a story that is universal and urgent, offering firsthand witness to events that are too often portrayed as distant and impossible to understand.
Ann Hornaday, Washington Post  full review
Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank protests from the inside.
Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail  full review
[It] makes no pretense at balance - it's unambiguously pro-Palestinian - but it offers a unique and intimate record.
Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle  full review
Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi helps shape all of the footage into a compelling and very personal documentary, helping to craft the eloquent commentary in Burnat's voice that knits it all together.
Bruce Demara, Toronto Star  full review
What we do see has an immediacy and intimacy that's involving. It also can feel a bit wayward and cumulatively wearying.
Mark Feeney, Boston Globe  full review
The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
V.A. Musetto, New York Post  full review
"5 Broken Cameras" provides a grim reminder - just in case you needed one - of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
A.O. Scott, New York Times  full review
Startlingly intimate and direct, this first-person doc by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi requires multiple viewings for anyone eager to work out how it could have been shot with such precision and visual ingenuity under such plainly chaotic conditions.
Mark Holcomb, Village Voice  full review
Unlike the more sophisticated chronicle of resistance Burma VJ, it pays scant attention to the larger political context or, indeed, the strategies and tactics of protest in an age that offers sophisticated means of media management.
Leslie Felperin, Variety  full review
Doc finds an affecting personal angle on West Bank territorial dispute.
Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter  full review
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  • Release Year: 2011
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Available From: Jan 16, 2013
  • Queued by: 855 people
Directed By
Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Emad Burnat

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