5 Broken Cameras
|24/10 (Wed)||8:00 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza|
|29/10 (Mon)||8:00 pm||MOViE MOViE Cityplaza*|
*Q&A session with director
Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
Palestine / 2011 / 94 min
In Hebrew and Arabic with Chi & Eng Sub
Palestinian worker Emad started to film his son from birth, capturing his growth and also life in the community. At the same time, Israel started to build the wall that would segregate the Palestinians and become the trigger for the Palestinian resistance. The film is a record of his son's growing up and the resistance movement, each broken camera telling a different story.
Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi are veteran filmmakers. Burnat has worked for international new agencies as a cameraman, while Davidi has focused mainly on documentary production since he was 16. 5 Broken Cameras, a collaboration of the two filmmakers, was nominated for Oscar for Best Documentary in 2011.
By the end of the First World War, many Jews around the world had come to realised the importance of establishing a Jewish state. Their religious belief further motivated many of them to emigrate to Palestine which was then a British mandate. They called Palestine the “Promised Land”, meaning it is the land given to the Jews by God to build their own country.
The United Nations (UN) originally passed a resolution to divide the area into two where the Israelis and the Palestinians would each establish their own state, but rising tensions between the Jews and neighboring Arab countries soon led to the mobilisation of the armies of Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon in 1948 the day after the establishment of the state of Israel with the objective of pushing the Jews out of the region. The armies were however fought off successfully by Israeli militias and volunteers, who ended up occupying enemy territories.
Following the end of the armed conflict, Palestinians who fled their homes during the war were denied from returning. Following their decisive victory in the Six-Day War of 1967, Israel obtained control of the West Bank of the Jordan River, the Golan Heights and the Gaza Strip and has since implemented gradual Jewish settlement plans in those regions with the construction of infrastructures and control of water supplies.
The Palestinians retaliated in 1970s with a string of terrorist attacks. In 1987 the Palestinian population started a full-scale revolt against the occupation in what became known as the First Intifada. This was followed in 2000 by the Second Intifada and in both instances the uprising was fiercely suppressed by the Israel government. More recently, the Israel government constructed a 700 kilometers long border wall with checkpoints on the ground of preventing Palestinian terror attacks and began denying Palestinians from entry. At present, of the areas that were intended to be governed autonomously by Palestinians under the UN resolution passed following the end of the Second World War, only 17% is in fact so governed.