• Released
  • October 19, 2012
  • 1 hr 30 min
  • Documentary
  • 4 Fan Ratings
Synopsis: Palestinian Emad Burnat chronicles his village's resistance to the building of Israeli settlements.

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Total Film

A hugely powerful, moving study of a small village's stand against overwhelming state power. Despite all the suffering and injustice, the...
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100

New Orleans Times-Picayune

By Mike Scott
A captivating portrait of the frailty and the failures of humanity.
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80

Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
5 Broken Cameras is short on facts and, like the demonstrations themselves, provocative by nature. Still, it casts a baleful light on...
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80

The Hollywood Reporter

By John DeFore
The result is uniquely powerful, putting faces and human consequences to a political dispute that seemingly will never end.
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80

Empire

By David Parkinson
A touching and revelatory piece of film-making about the plights of real people living in an uncertain world.
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80

Time Out New York

By Joshua Rothkopf
There has to be room for this kind of plea, especially a work that, obliquely, captures so many largely unreported details: the night raids...
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75

Slant Magazine

The documentary provides a birdsong of perseverance in the face of irrational violence, immense historic anger, and grim, seemingly...
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Walter Addiego
The film's sense of intimacy, its closeness to real people and painful events, allows it to reach a deeper place than more conventional...
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75

New York Post

By V.A. Musetto
The issues are complex and not easily solved. But no matter which side you are on, you'll be moved by this intimate work.
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75

The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Liam Lacey
Both a moving first-person essay and an artful exercise in political advocacy, 5 Broken Cameras is about the experience of West Bank...
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