Five Broken Cameras

Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi, Palestine & Israel, 2012

When his son Gibreel is born, Emad, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. In his village - Bil'in, a separation barrier is being built on the villagers' lands, which the villagers begin to resist. Throughout the years Emad films the struggle lead by two of his friends while also filming life with his son growing. Very soon this struggle affects his life. Daily arrests and night raids scare his family; his friends, brothers and even Emad are either shot or arrested. One camera after another is shot or smashed. And with each camera a part of Emad's story unfolds.

Five Broken Cameras also won the best project award at the Greenhouse 2009 pitching forum and received a 15,000$ Development Grant from Claire Aguilar Vice President of Programming at ITVS.


Produced by: 

 Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi


Festivals & Awards:

 Five Broken Cameras won the 2013 Emmy Award and was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2012 Academy Awards

 Movies That Matter (The Hague) - The Golden Butterfly Award: A Matter of Act Competition & The Students' Choice Award, 2012

 Best Director Award, One World Human Rights Film Festival, Prague, 2012

 Sundance World Documentary, Directing Award, 2012

 Best Picture in the Traverse City Film Festival, 2012, USA

 Best Documentary at the Jerusalem Film Festival, 2012

 Best Documentary at the Durban International Film Festival, South Africa, 2012

 The Grand Jury Award at Open City Docs Fest, 2012

 The Audience Award at the IFI Stranger Than Fiction Dublin Documentary Festival, 

    2012

 The Stephan Jar Documentary Award-Tempo Film Festival, Stockholm, 2012

 Prix Louis-Marcorelles at Cinéma du Réel, 2011 

 IDFA - Special Jury Mention & Audience Award, 2011 


Official Selection:

 New Directors / New Films (New York)

 Hot Docs Film Festival (Canada)

 Sheffield Doc/Fest

 Open City London Documentary Festival

 Human Rights Watch Film Festival London – Special Festival Benefit

 Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival

 Film Middle East Now Festival (Florence)

 Open Doek Film Festival (Belgium)

 Doc Point - Helsinki

 Ambulante Film Festival (Mexico)

 FilmFest DC (Washington DC)

 Boulder Film Festival

 Planete Doc Film Festival (Poland)

 DOXA Documentary Film Festival (Canada)


Grants & Support:

 Jan Vrijman Fund (IDFA) | Production Grant - the filmmakers were also selected to 

    participate in the  Editing Consultancy training.

 New Israeli Foundation for Cinema & Television | Production Grant

 Grant from the Asian Cinema Fund in the Asian Network of Documentary Fund 

    Category. Burnat travels to Korea to take part in a seminar

 Ikon TV – the Netherlands

 YLE - Finland

 Alter - Cine CAD – Canada

 CBA Worldview UK

 France Television

 Channel 8 – Israel

 Alegria Productions – Serge Gordey