Reviews: 5 Broken Cameras (2012)

Reviews for this film from our members:

  • Laura Clifford @ Reeling Reviews
  • Edwin Davies @ A Mighty Fine Blog
    • Excerpt: 5 Broken Cameras is a remarkable film that captures the resilience of life in ways which are by turns lyrical, brutal, poetic and heartbreaking. It’s an incredibly vital account of lives lived and lost in an extreme, horrible situation which also manages to find light amongst the rubble.
  • Cynthia Fuchs @ PopMatters
  • MaryAnn Johanson @
    • Excerpt: A horrific portrait of everyday life on the West Bank, yet one also powerfully warm, funny, and human…
  • Benjamin Kramer @ The Voracious Filmgoer
  • Donald Levit @ ReelTalk Movie Reviews
  • Matthew McKernan @ FilmWhinge
    • Excerpt: Five Broken Cameras is a documentary about the people of Bil’in, a small town in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, and their rebellion against the building of a separation wall that cuts them off from half of their farming land. Shot primarily by a Bil’in resident, Emad Burnat, who is also co-director and co-producer, the film is a remarkably pacifist look at resistance against oppression.
  • [New – 10/31] | Paulo Peralta @ CinEuphoria [Portuguese]
  • Bev Questad @ It’s Just Movies
    • Excerpt: This is cutting edge doc art shot like the award-winning Hetherington/Junger “Restrepo” piece on the U.S. presence in Afghanistan. There is no editorial, no safety, and no fancy technology – just raw, rugged clips telling it the way it is.
  • Jamie S. Rich @ DVD Talk
    • Excerpt: A rare glimpse into a world rarely covered by other media, 5 Broken Cameras is a thought-provoking personal diary from the Palestinian side of the West Bank barrier. Shot between 2005 and 2010 by Eman Burnat, a poor farmer in Bil’in, the movie tracks the growing non-violent protest movement, paralleling it with the early years of Burnat’s youngest son, and building the narrative structure around the five different video cameras the activist acquired and lost in that timeframe.
  • Norm Schrager @ Meet In the Lobby
    • Excerpt: The footage that Burnat has captured is astounding and courageous. His camera moves through crowds, stays fixed forward during gunfire, remains unflagging as friends fall to the ground.

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