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The Story Of A West Bank Village Told With '5 Broken Cameras'

NPR | Feb. 10, 2013 5:51 a.m.

Co-director Emad Burnat examines his five broken cameras.

Co-director Emad Burnat examines his five broken cameras.

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In 2005, Israel’s security barrier went right through the village of Bil’in in the West Bank, and cut off some fields and olive groves on the other side.

The documentary 5 Broken Cameras tells the story of villagers protesting the establishment of the wall. The film is the first-ever Palestinian film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

It also focuses on the story of the co-director Emad Burnat. He got a video camera to record the birth of a son, and when the protests broke out, he became the unofficial cameraman for the weekly anti-wall protests that drew support from around the world.

Burnat and co-director Guy Davidi talk with NPR’s Neal Conan about the making of the film and the cameras that were broken along the way.

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