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5 Broken Cameras

Friday, October 18, 2013  >  7 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013  >  2 p.m. + 7 p.m.

Sunday, October 20, 2013  >  2 p.m.

Woodland Theater of Davies Center

5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal first-hand account of nonviolent resistance in a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. The documentary was shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. In his village, Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers start to resist this decision. For more than five years, Burnat films the struggle, which is led by two of his best friends, while also filming how his son grows. One camera after another is shot at or smashed, and each camera tells a part of his story.

"I feel like the camera protects me," Burnat says, "but it's an illusion."

The footage was later turned into an extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism by Burnat and Israeli director Guy Davidi. Structured around the destruction of Burnat's cameras, the filmmakers' collaboration follows one family's evolution over five years of turmoil. An Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, 5 Broken Cameras received the World Cinema Directing Award – Documentary at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival.

Sponsored by the UW-Eau Claire International Film Society

Admission is free at the door with a Blugold Card or an International Film Society membership. Community members may buy an individual IFS membership for $4; a family membership costs $10. The annual memberships are available at the Service Center, 715-836-3727, in Davies Center’s east lobby.


Palestine + Israel + France + Netherlands 2011
94 minutes
In Hebrew + Arabic subtitled in English
Not rated
Directed by Emad Burnat + Guy Davidi


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