Filmed from the perspective of a Palestinian farm labourer (Emad Burnat), '5 Broken Cameras' 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.
Emad, who lives in Bil'in, just west of the city of Ramallah in the West Bank, was thrust into global politics when his community peacefully resisted Israeli plans to erect a wall through their land to separate them from the ever growing Israeli settlements. Initially given the camera to chronicle the birth and childhood of his son Gibreel, the film captures Gibreel growing against the backdrop of the many non-violent protests that have become an intrinsic part of life in Bil'in.
"The fact that it was never meant to be a film makes it one of the most honest and engaging documentaries I’ve ever seen. It basically just happened. Because the Israeli army kept breaking his cameras, the Palestinian farmer stubbornly kept replacing them. Yes of course it’s one sided, but it’s brilliant and very moving. The farmer clearly has a deep innate storytelling talent." - Tom Geens