5 Broken Cameras at the Miami Beach Cinematheque

Documentary by Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi/France/Israel/Palestine/2011/90 mins
From October 12 through 17, 2012.

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.”

“Critics’ Pick! A visual essay in autobiography and, as such, a modest, rigorous and moving work of art. Deserves to be appreciated for the lyrical delicacy of [Burnat’s] voice and the precision of his eye.”- New York Times

Miami Beach Cinematheque
Historic City Hall, First Floor South
1130 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
305.673.4567
www.mbcinema.com

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