Five Broken Cameras (2011-Palestinian Territory/Israel/France/Netherlands-94 min.) directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Winner at the Sundance Film Festival, Five 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." Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.
The screening will be introduced by Professor Sung-eun Choi, Department of History
Thursday, February 15 at 6:30pm
Wilder Pavilion, 165 Adamian Academic Center, 175 Forest Street, Waltham, MA 02452