Tuesday December 10, 2013: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: 4th Floor Meeting Room
An extraordinary cinematic work and the first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature, the critically-acclaimed film is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by 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 Guy Davidi and Burnat. Structured around the violent destruction of a succession of Burnat's video cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of village turmoil.
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. ''I feel like the camera protects me,'' he says, ''but it's an illusion.”
5 Broken Cameras, the winner of multiple international awards, is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production. This 94-minute film is not rated.