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  • Summary: 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) Expand
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  1. Positive: 14 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Philip Kemp
    Oct 1, 2012
    100
    A hugely powerful, moving study of a small village's stand against overwhelming state power. Despite all the suffering and injustice, the final message is one of optimism that feels neither facile nor tacked-on.
  2. Reviewed by: Mike Scott
    Jun 29, 2012
    100
    A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity.
  3. Reviewed by: A.O. Scott
    May 31, 2012
    90
    5 Broken Cameras deserves to be appreciated for the lyrical delicacy of his voice and the precision of his eye. That it is almost possible to look at the film this way - to foresee a time when it might be understood, above all, as a film - may be the only concrete hope Mr. Burnat and Mr. Davidi have to offer.
  4. Reviewed by: Ella Taylor
    May 22, 2012
    80
    What makes 5 Broken Cameras stand out is its insistence on nuance and its refusal to get caught up in the self-defeating war of words over who is the bigger victim.
  5. Reviewed by: Joshua Rothkopf
    May 29, 2012
    80
    There has to be room for this kind of plea, especially a work that, obliquely, captures so many largely unreported details: the night raids rounding up children, the torn-up olive trees and kids' soccer games in the battle zone.
  6. Reviewed by: Liam Lacey
    Jun 21, 2012
    75
    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.
  7. Reviewed by: Leslie Felperin
    May 29, 2012
    50
    An undeniably powerful record of the Palestinian village of Bil'in's course of civil disobedience from 2005 to the present...the pic is also shamelessly sentimental and manipulative in its construction.

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  1. Feb 11, 2013
    10
    if your knowledge of the palestinian conflict is derived solely from mainstream tv or vacuous entertainment columnists then you should watch this film. Expand

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