Part of What's Up Doc? - this month on Curzon12.
Filmed from the perspective of a Palestinian farm labourer Emad Burnat, this Oscar and BAFTA-nominated documentary records life on the frontline of the Israel-Palestine conflict.
It was shot using six different video cameras, five of which were destroyed in the process of documenting Emad's family's life, as well as Palestinian and international resistance to Israeli appropriation of land and occupation. Unfolding in and around the town of Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah, in the West Bank, Emad’s community was the focus of international attention when it peacefully resisted Israeli plans to erect a wall through the land in order to separate them from the ever growing Israeli settlements. Initially given the camera to chronicle the birth and childhood of his son Gibreel, Emad captures the boy growing up in a world where non-violent protests that have become an intrinsic part of life in Bil'in.
★★★★ Kate Muir, The Times
★★★★ “A powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news" - Peter Bradshaw, The Guardian