International Competition


Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Screening time  
29.02. / Wednesday, 20:00 - 22:00 Theatre 5  
02.03. / Friday, 15:00 - 17:00 Theatre 3  
03.03. / Saturday, 18:00 - 20:00 Theatre 2  
Powerful personal document about one village's struggle against violence and oppression.

Palestinian farm laborer Emad has five video cameras, and each of them tells a different part of the story of his village's resistance to Israeli oppression. Emad lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank. Using the first camera, he recorded how the bulldozers came to rip the olive trees out of the ground in 2005. Here, a wall was built directly through his fellow villagers' land to separate the advancing Jewish settlements from the Palestinians. In the first days of resistance to the Jewish colonists and the ever-present Israeli soldiers, Emad's son Gibreel was born. Scenes shift from the infant growing into a precocious preschooler to the many peaceful acts of protest, and the steady progress of the construction of the dividing wall. Sympathizers from all over the world, including from Israel, provide help as resistance develops, but when the situation intensifies, people are arrested and villagers are killed. Emad keeps on filming despite pleas from his wife, who fears reprisals. It makes for an intensely powerful personal document about one village's struggle against violence and oppression.

Emad Burnat

Emad Burnat is a Palestinian freelance cameraman and photographer with experience filming for Al-Jazeera and Palestinian Television.

Guy Davidi

Guy Davidi is a documentary filmmaker and cinema teacher. Davidi has directed many short documentaries, his first feature film ‘Interrupted Streams’ premiered in 2010 at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.

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5 Broken Cameras

Palestina, Israel, France
2011, 90', color/bw, video

Directed by:
Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Screenplay by:
Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Emad Burnat

Edited by:
Veronique Lagoarde-Segot, Guy Davidi

Le Trio Joubran

Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

Produced by:
Burnat Films Palestine, Guy DVD Films, Alegría Productions

Festivals & Awards:

IDFA 2011 - Special Jury Award, Audience Award;Greenhouse pitching forum 2009 - The Best Project Award