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"5 Broken Cameras", Palestinian-Israeli Collaboration, Nominated for Oscar

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NEW YORK, May 30 ; updated January 10--The day Emad Burnat's fourth son Gibreel was born, Israelis uprooted olive trees in his West Bank village of Bil'in prior to building an illegal separation barrier that would deprive the Palestinians of 55% of their arable land. Initially with a consumer camera acquired when his son was born, Burnat, [who quickly evolved into a freelance TV cameraman) started filming both the ensuing militant protests, creative counteractions and the effects of the barrier on his family's life as his son grew from baby to toddler. Soldiers shot at Burnat, a bullet lodged in his camera saved his life and one of his best friends was killed. Accumulating 700 hours of footage over a five year period, he met Guy Davidi, an Israeli activist filmmaker then working on a film about the water problems of the region. The two decided to collaborate on Burnat's footage and give it a personal angle, telling the story of the conflict from the cameraman's point of view and structuring it by the lifespan of the five destroyed cameras. Previous screenings: Sundance and New Directors New Films 2012. Interview done by Liza Béar on March 27, Contact lizajbear@gmail.com. Trailer courtesy Kino Lorber. Show less
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