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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.
Netflix Rating: 4.0
Rotten Tomatoes: Fresh 94%
Critics' score: 94   Audience score: 84   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac. full review

Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times

[A] bit jagged, inevitably incomplete, and in no way news-breaking: it is simply moving. full review

Stanley Kauffmann, The New Republic

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. full review

Ann Hornaday, Washington Post

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. full review

Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail

[It] makes no pretense at balance - it's unambiguously pro-Palestinian - but it offers a unique and intimate record. full review

Walter V. Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

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. full review

Bruce Demara, Toronto Star

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. full review

Leslie Felperin, Variety

The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work. full review

V.A. Musetto, New York Post

Doc finds an affecting personal angle on West Bank territorial dispute. full review

Hollywood Reporter, Hollywood Reporter

"5 Broken Cameras" provides a grim reminder - just in case you needed one - of the bitter intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. full review

A.O. Scott, New York Times

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. full review

Mark Holcomb, Village Voice

What we do see has an immediacy and intimacy that's involving. It also can feel a bit wayward and cumulatively wearying. full review

Mark Feeney, Boston Globe
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Runtime: 90 min
  • Available From: Jan 16, 2013
  • Queued by: 793 people
Directed By
Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Cast
Emad Burnat
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