Friday, January 11, 2013
Palestinian film 'Five Broken Cameras' nominated for Academy Award'
Official trailer of '5 Broken Cameras'
Two films critical of Israeli occupation policy were nominated for the 2013 Best Documentary Feature Oscar award on Thursday. "5 Broken Cameras," directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, and "The Gatekeepers," directed by Dror Moreh, were among the films chosen rom 15 finalists.
"The Gatekeepers" consists of lengthy interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency. "5 Broken Cameras" is, although the Israeli press informs us that two 'Israeli films' were nominated, in fact a Palestinian film. It documents the struggle of the West Bank village Bil'in against the construction of the Wall, or what Israel calls its 'security fence'. Burnat filmed the first years of his son's life. Five of his cameras were smashed by the Israeli army during that time, as he filmed how friends and family were being shot and injured by Israeli troops.
The film earlier won the World Cinema Directing Award at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012. It also received the Special Broadcaster IDFA Audience Award and the Special Jury Award at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam in 2011. Dutch IKON tv screened the film on 14 November 2012, to be seen here (Dutch subtitels)