5 Broken Cameras | Chicago Reader

5 Broken Cameras

90 minutes 2013

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian farmer living in the occupied West Bank, bought himself a camcorder after his fourth son, Gibril, was born in February 2005, and in addition to capturing the usual baby milestones he soon became the unofficial videographer for his village (located so close to the Israeli border that, in one shot, surveyors arrive to drop a separation line in the middle of Burnat’s land). After soldiers smashed the camera, Burnat acquired another, and another, compiling an exceptionally detailed and dramatic account of what it's like to live, work, and raise one's children in a perpetual state of siege. The chronicle ends with Gibril's fifth birthday, by which time he's matured enough to ask his daddy, "Why don’t you kill the soldiers with a knife?" Guy Davidi codirected. In Arabic and Hebrew with subtitles.

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