This weekend when the Hollywood glitterati are walking down the red carpet before the Academy Awards ceremony, there will be a rather unusual sight: a pair of documentary filmmakers from opposite sides of a longstanding conflict. Emad Burnat is a Palestinian. Guy Davidi is an Israeli. They collaborated on the Oscar-nominated Palestinian documentary “5 Broken Cameras.”
The film tells the story of Burnat, a farmer, and his family, beginning when his son Gibreel is born in 2005. At the same time, the Israeli government builds a separation wall through their village of Bil’in. Burnat documents the villagers’ non-violent resistance to the wall and the Israeli army’s harsh reaction. Over the course of five years of filming, his cameras are destroyed. Burnat and Davidi weave more than 500 hours of footage from five successive cameras to tell their story of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“5 Broken Cameras” is the first Palestinian film to be nominated for an Oscar. It also won the WorldRead More »from Oscar Nominee ‘5 Broken Cameras’ a Personal Story of Palestinian Struggle