8 November 2012

Co-Director Emad Burnat bought his first camera in 2005 to document the birth of his son, Gibreel. At the same time, the separation barrier was being constructed by the Israeli Government around his village, crippling their sole industry of olive growing.

Burnat begins to film the growing non-violent struggle that is lead by his two brothers at the same time as recording his son growing up. The conflict with the Israeli soldiers escalates with peaceful marches and sit-ins in response to daily arrests, violent attacks, bulldozers knocking down olive trees, the loss of life and night raids in the village.

The film follows Burnat, his extended family and the wider community as they face endless discrimination, attacks and disruption from the Israeli troops and Government. Over the 5 years that he filmed in his village, the 5 Broken Cameras of the title were either shot, crushed or confiscated by the Israeli authorities.

The film got its UK Premiere at Sheffield Doc/Fest which I was lucky enough to attend. 5 Broken Cameras was without a doubt the best film I saw at the Festival, it is unique, powerful and gives you an idea on what its like to personally face persecution and oppression.

After tonight's screening, there will be a panel discussion hosted by Amnesty, looking at the issues raised in the film.

Book your tickets here.