‘5 Broken Cameras,’ one powerful film
Belfast — The acclaimed film "5 Broken Cameras," about the continuing strife in the Middle East between Palestinians and Israelis, will be shown Wednesday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Abbott Room of Belfast Free Library, 106 High St.
The film has been shown at film festivals and was nominated for a 2013 Oscar. It tells the story of Emad Burnat, who bought a camera to film his newborn baby boy. Burnat’s camera was smashed by Israeli soldiers because, in the process of filming his child, he also captured what occurred in his village during a struggle with the Israeli government. The village was trying to save itself from being imprisoned by a separation wall, being built by Israel, that was encroaching upon it.
Emad obtained four more cameras, but each was smashed, one by one, by the soldiers who came every week to the village to put down Palestinian demonstrations against the building of the Wall. Emad managed to save all of the film and, after the loss of his fifth camera, this determined father and villager approached Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, who agreed to make this film with Emad as co-director.
The screening is sponsored by the Peace and Justice Group of Waldo County and is part of its monthly community forum series. Admission is free, and a discussion will follow. For more information, call 338-4920.
Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or firstname.lastname@example.org.