5 Broken Cameras

A young boy overlooks a wide rolling landscape intersected by a large road which has a high brick wall running along the length of one side. In the distance beyond the road is a large settlement with high rise flats.

This film will screen with English subtitles

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 film was assembled by Burnat and Israeli co-director Guy Davidi. 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.”

Lifelong inhabitant of the central West Bank village of Bil’in, Emad Burnat is a freelance cameraman and photographer with experience filming for Al-Jazeera and Palestinian television. He has contributed to several documentaries, including Bil’in My LovePalestine KidsOpen Close, and Interrupted Streams

Born in Jaffa, Guy Davidi is a documentary filmmaker and teacher who has been directing, editing, and shooting films since the age of 16. His short documentaries include In Working ProgressKeywords, and Women Defying Barriers; his first feature film, Interrupted Streams, premiered in 2010 at the Jerusalem Film Festival.

Dumfries Palestine Solidarity Campaign is is a community of people working together for peace, equality and justice, and against racism, occupation, and colonisation. DPSC aim to build solidarity with the Palestinian people across Dumfries and Galloway.

Five Broken Cameras

Dir. Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
2011, 90mins
Cert. 15
Arabic & Hebrew with English subtitles

+ Palestinian snacks & a post-screening chat by Dumfries Palestine Solidarity Campaign

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Watch at Cample:
Tuesday 28 May
6:30 - 9:00pm

Join us for a screening at Cample Line, including Palestinian snacks and a post-screening talk by Dumfries Palestine Solidarity Campaign

Watch Online:
29 April - 12 May

Midnight Traveler is available to watch online for two weeks via our online screening page, including a recording of a post-film talk by members of MOOL

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