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5 Broken Cameras (2011)

Running time: 94 mins

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DirectorEmad Burnat, Guy Davidi
StarringEmad Burnat, Soraya Burnat, Mohammed Burnat, Yasin Burnat, Taky-Adin Burnat, Gibreel Burnat


A deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess.  Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank.


Oscar nominated.

Rating Advice

Contains documentary footage of a fatal shooting

Showing Times

Sunday, 6th October


Sunday 3 March by Critic Reviews - 5 Broken Cameras

A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world. - Empire


Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on. - Total Film


It is of course a one-sided film, but a powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news. - Guardian