Leytonstone Pop-Up Cinema is proud to present the following screening:
5 Broken Cameras (15)
Dir: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi. (2011) Palestine, Israel, France, Netherlands; 94 min.
- Winner of the World Cinema Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012.
- Nominated for Best Documentary Feature in the 85th Academy Awards.
The film will be preceded by a short documentary made in Gaza by Rayna Nadeem & Stuart Shahid Bamforth.
“An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. ‘I feel like the camera protects me,’ he says, ‘but it’s an illusion’.” – Kino Lorber
“An essential work both on filmmaking and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras provides a birdsong of perseverance in the face of irrational violence, immense historical anger, and grim, seemingly insurmountable realities.” – Chris Cabin, Slant Magazine (*)
You can watch a clip of the film here.