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The Village that Fought Back: Five Broken Cameras

Documentary compiled from the video diary of a Palestinian farmer, who films unrest in his West Bank village, using cameras which are consistently shot or smashed.

Oscar-nominated film compiled from the video diary of a Palestinian farmer who documents unrest in his West Bank village. Emad Burnat starts filming with his first camera following the birth of his fourth son. At the same time in his village of Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers begin to resist this decision.

Over several years Burnat films this non-violent struggle against the Israeli army - which is led by two of his best friends - literally from his own point of view. Soon, these events begin to impact his own life. Bulldozers knocking down olive trees, the loss of life and night raids scare his family. His friends, brothers and even himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another used to document these events is shot or smashed.

Burnat collaborates with Israeli director Guy Davidi to produce this powerful and moving documentary of resistance life on a frontline.

1 hour, 30 minutes



Role Contributor
Director Emad Burnat
Director Guy Davidi
Series Editor Nick Fraser