5 broken cameras

DVD - 2013 - Hebrew
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
5 broken cameras
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 turned into a galvanizing cinematic experience by co-directors Burnat and Davidi.

Published: [New York] : Kino Lorber, [2013]
Branch Call Number: DVD 771.3 FIV
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (90 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.


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Oct 16, 2014
  • 2314Ben rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Total translation film.
Interesting to see the interaction between West Bank and Israeli settlers.
Leads me to more or less believe this action is going on all over the Middle East (land grabs with military force).
Sad state of affairs.

Jul 20, 2014
  • Jayroc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding and heart breaking. A must watch for these times as Israel commits genocide in Gaza. :(

Jan 20, 2014
  • Old_Toto rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Rarely does one witness years of sustained courage and resourcefulness as demonstrated by this videographer. His fellow citizens remind me of Gandhi and M.L. King, Jr. and their constituents attempting to practice non-violent resistance under life-threatening stress.

Oct 23, 2013
  • yellow_rabbit_33A rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It took me a while to get into this film but by the end, you really feel for the characters. It was pretty powerful I thought.

Aug 16, 2013
  • afraalmussawir rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Excellent narration! The English subtitles are fluent and accurate translations. The 5 broken cameras (and the circumstances of their breaking) frame the events of the documentary, and it's an effective conceit, but not the real focus of the movie. This documentary focuses on a microcosm of the conflict between Jewish settlers in the West Bank and the Palestinians who are trying to prevent the annexation of their lands. The filmmaker shows events from his point of view over a period of years, starting with the birth of his youngest son. As viewers of the documentary, we see all the events that follow through this lens: his role as a father. There is an acute scene where the filmmaker's wife is going over maps of the area with their children and teaching the youngest, "This is our land, our village. This is the land they are stealing from us." (That's not a direct quote, just the gist of what she was saying). That's just one of many parts of the movie that put a human face on the conflict, and though this movie is about one specific Palestinian village and the people who belong there, it feels like it reflects the situation of many villages and many people. ** SPOILER ALERT** The ending is touching and graphic.

Jun 15, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

This movie was entertaining and interesting but not one of my favorite for this year.

May 29, 2013
  • HereHere rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wow, this documentary really opened my eyes! Yes, the Jewish people have been mistreated by Arafat's rule, but he's long since dead. What Israel is doing is (a) illegal and (b) completely immoral, given what is shown by the 5 broken cameras in this film. For example, Israel fails to remove a fence that was illegally put up, for years after the Israeli court declared the fence illegal. Their soldiers shoot a captive man in the leg as he waits. It's amongst the most sickening thing to watch. Aside from all the kids in the line of fire and exposed to the fumes of the tear gas bombs and the neighborhood optimist being shot dead in front of the kids. Sick, sick, sick. It seems like Israel is conducting a holocaust of its own, just to take land from others. You will see other aspects of Jewish hypocricy. Everyone - jewish and non-jewish - should watch this movie. Things absolutely must change. Humans must be treated like humans - not simply barriers to personal or collective wealth.

May 02, 2013
  • ydigernes rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

An interesting portrait of a Palestinian community trying to resist Israel's illegal occupation of their land (sponsored by American tax-payer funded Hummers, CATs, and guns). I suppose you could call it one-sided, but then you'd have to say that the Holocaust TV series was also one-sided and didn't take into account the Nazis' perspective.

Apr 21, 2013

I portrayal of the other side of the story. Palestinians are no different than anyone else. They are not terrorists; they are just trying to defend and retain what was theirs and what should be theirs. They are families trying to survive an awful situation.

Mar 19, 2013
  • kontikki rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I felt the film was a one sided portrayal of Palestine issue ignoring totally Israel's side story. I am also appalled by the fact that the camera man (director) and his wife exposes their 4 year old child to these violent demonstrations in the name of heroism and braveness.


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Jun 15, 2013
  • aaa5756 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

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