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5 Broken Cameras

… is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village located next to Israeli settlements (Google map). Filmed 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 5 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.

Nominated for an Academy Award® in 2013.


Screening details

  • Sunday, September 8, 2013, 2:00 p.m.
  • The Little Theatre, 240 East Avenue Rochester NY
  • Film run time: 1:30
  • Style: documentary
  • Languages: Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles
  • Year released: 2011
  • Format: video projection
  • Tickets $8 from The Little box office


More information is available on the official web site.