Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Five Broken Cameras
  • Film
  • 10/30/2013
  • 17:30-19:30
  • Spencer Museum of Art
  • Host: University Honors Program, Spencer Museum of Art
Event Description
5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval. As the years pass in front of the camera, we witness Gibreel grow from a newborn baby into a young boy who observes the world unfolding around him with the astute powers of perception that only children possess. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify and lives are lost in this cinematic diary and unparalleled record of life in the West Bank. The screening is followed by a panel discussion featuring Nimrod Rossler (Jewish and Peace and Conflict Studies), Marie Brown (History), and Sara Jawhari (former KU student and President of Students for Justice in the Middle East).