(PRWEB) June 02, 2012
Continuing its long-standing commitment to critically acclaimed films made in the Middle East, Kino Lorber is pleased to announce the US theatrical premiere of 5 Broken Cameras (2011), directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi.
Currently playing at New York's Film Forum, 5 Broken Cameras opened to rave reviews in New York City and will expand to other markets nationwide in the weeks to follow. The film is scheduled to open in Boston (Landmark Kendall Square Cinema) and San Francisco (Landmark Lumiere Theatre) on June 22. For other national dates, please visit Kino Lorber's website.
An extraordinary work of 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.
Emad's mother pleads with an Israeli soldier to release her son Khaled after he was arrested.
Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit.
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."
A prize-winning film at both Sundance and IDFA (Amsterdam's famed documentary festival), 5 Broken Cameras takes an international tragedy and reframes it in light of its impact on one man's family.
In Israel, the subject of the occupied territories is hotly debated, and Israeli organizations like Yesh Gvul and Combatants for Peace, work closely with a variety of peace activists in support of Israelis who refuse to serve in the territories.
Weekend Q&A Schedule at Film Forum
Q&A with Guy Davidi
Fri, June 1, 8:20 show
Sat, June 2, 6:30 show
Q&A with Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi
Sun, June 3, 6:30 show
Tues, June 5, 6:30 show