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Synopsis: When his fourth son Gibreel is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Emad Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. At the same time, the people of his village begin to resist the construction of a separation barrier that will consume their farmlands.

For the next year, Burnat films this non-violent struggle, lead by two of his best friends, while simultaneously recording the growth of his son. Very soon, these events begin to affect Emad and his family. Daily arrests, violent attacks, destruction, and loss of life scare his family as the protesters are shot at and detained by police. As Emad documents these events, one camera after another is smashed – and each camera becomes a chapter in his struggle.






Hebrew and Arabic w/English subtitles

Run Time

94 minutes




Emad Burnat
Soraya Burnat
Mohammed Burnat
Yasin Burnat

Directed by

Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi

Produced by

Christine Camdessus
Serge Gordey
Emad Burnat
Guy Davidi

Edited by

Guy Davidi
Véronique Lagoarde-Ségot


Le Trio Joubran


Emad Burnat


International Emmy Awards - USA - 2013

Emmy for Documentary (Guy Davidi (producer/director), Emad Burnat (producer/director), Serge Gordey (co-producer), Christine Camdessus (co-producer) Guy DVD Films (production company), Alegria Productions (co-production company), Burnat Films (production company))

Sundance Film Festival - USA - 2012

Directing Award for World Cinema - Documentary (Emad Burnat)

Traverse City Film Festival - USA - 2012

Founder's Prize for Best Film (Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat)

Busan International Film Festival - South Korea - 2012

Busan Cinephile Award (Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat)

Jerusalem Film Festival - Israel - 2012

Van Leer Group Foundation Award for Best Israeli Documentary (Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat)


Academy Awards - USA - 2013

Oscar for Best Documentary


This is how the conflict looks from the other side of the barrier. - Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

It is of course a one-sided film, but a powerful personal testimony: the kind of material that never makes the nightly news. - Peter Bradshaw, Guardian

A tough watch that'll leave you despairing of peace anytime soon. - Cath Clarke, Time Out

As raw as the material of "5 Broken Cameras" can be, it is also lyrical and elegiac. - Sheri Linden, Los Angeles Times


Rotten Tomatoes - 96% Certified Fresh! - 2012 [Rotten Tomatoes]

Country of Origin

France / Israel / Palestine

Production Year


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