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I was in the lobby of the Excentris where I had seen Five Broken Cameras, a documentary that shows the injustice and humiliation thrust upon the inhabitants of a small village in the West Bank by the Israelis. You leave the cinema with the urge to scream out loud.
The village is called Bil'in. The filmmaker? There's no filmmaker. The documentarist? There's no documentarist. There is a 40 year old farmer named Emad Burnat. And if Emad buys a camera, it is not to film big bad Israeli soldiers. It is to film his fourth son, Gibreel, newly-born.
In solidarity with GAZA and all Palestinians:
End the Siege! Stop the Massacres! Free Palestine! End Israeli Apartheid!
- When:Sunday November 18th
- Departure:Concordia University,Hall Building, 1455 de Maisonneuve West,Metro Guy-Concordia
On Wednesday November 14th Israel declared its latest war on Gaza “Operation Pillar of Defense” also known as “Operation Pillar of Cloud”. The operation was launched with over 65 airstrikes in a period of one day. These latest attacks have led to the deaths of 19 Palestinians, and 180 injured in three days. The air strikes continue amidst a tight and illegal siege of the gaza strip.
Co-director Emad Burnat with his five broken cameras
Concordia University, 2012/11/12, at 7 PM
1455 boul. de Maisonneuve Ouest, salle H-110
An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the film was assembled by Burnat and Israeli co-director Guy Davidi. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.”
Palestinian and Jewish Unity wish you a wonderful Holiday Season and a New Year filled with justice and peace.
New Year`s Resolution 2012 : It is time to draw a line in the sand : No more association with the Israeli Apartheid State. Boycott apartheid!
Palestinian and Jewish Unity