DVD Release: 5 Broken Cameras

DVD Release Date: Jan. 15, 2013
Price: DVD $29.95
Studio: Kino Lorber


5 Broken Cameras movie scene

Emad Burnat tends to his equipment in 5 Broken Cameras.

The 2011 documentary film 5 Broken Cameras, nominated for a 2012 Best Documentary Academy Award,  is 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 a feature film 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. 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, at one point. “But it’s an illusion.”

In 2012, 5 Broken Cameras rolled out to film festivals in the U.S. (including Sundance amd New Directors/New Films) and across the world (including Thessaloniki, Zurich, Paris, Jerusalem and Barcelona) and also had a limited theatrical release in May of that year.

An undeniably intriguing cinematic and political work, the DVD of the film–which is presented in Hebrew and Arabic with English subtitles–contains the following bonus features:

• Keywords: A Short Film by Guy Davidi
• Interviews with Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
• Trailer
• About Greenhouse

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The 2012 Palestinian documentary film 5 Broken Cameras is 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 a feature film 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. 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, at one point. “But it’s an illusion.”

 

In 2012, 5 Broken Cameras rolled out to film festivals in the U.S. (including Sundance, New Directors/New Films) and across the world (in Thessaloniki, Zurich, Paris, Jerusalem and Barcelona) and also had a limited theatrical release in May of that year.

 

An undeniably intriguing cinematic and political work, the DVD of the film contains the following bonus features:

• Keywords: A Short Film by Guy Davidi
• Interviews with Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
• Trailer
• About Greenhouse

About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.