CORK CINE CLUB PRESENTS BRAVE DOCUMENTARY, ‘5 BROKEN CAMERAS’ ON THURSDAY 28 FEBRUARY
St. John’s Central College at 8pm
Cork Cine Club presents an extraordinary work of cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras, on Thursday 28 February at 8pm in St. John’s Central College.
Shot almost entirely by a Palestinian farmer, it is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlement. As Emad Burnat documents increasingly chaotic scenes, one camera after another is smashed – and each camera becomes a chapter in his struggle.
It’s a sad reality for Burnat that one of his toddler son’s first words is “the wall”. Burnat had the misfortune to be living in a Palestinian village which Israeli settlers, protected by an aggressive Israeli army, were attempting to make their own. Although he first bought a camera to film his family, he began recording events taking place in the beautiful landscape outside his house.
When his camera is broken, he moves onto another one – five years yielding five broken cameras, giving the documentary film its title and structure. Although he never planned to be a film-maker, Burnat proves to be both a brave and an extraordinary one, keeping his camera rolling amidst frightening scenes of unpredictable aggression, often aimed at himself. He captures daily arrests, violent attacks, destruction, and loss of life as protesters are shot at and detained by police.
This documentary film richly deserves its many awards including World Cinema Directing Award at the World Documentary Competition, Sundance and Audience Award and the Special Jury Prize at International Documentary Festival, Amsterdam.
Directors: Emad Burnat & Guy Davidi. France, Israel, Palestine, 2011. 90 minutes. Cert: CLUB. Languages: Arabic, Hebrew (subtitled).
Other Cork Cine Club films to be shown in St. John’s Central College on Thursdays at 8pm are BARBARA (Germany) on 7 March; SEARCHING FOR SUGARMAN (documentary – UK) on 14 March; THE FORGIVENESS OF BLOOD (Albania) on 21 March; THE GIANTS (Belgium) on 11 April; A SIMPLE LIFE (China) on 18 April.
Please note there are no films on 28 March or 4 April. Shorts may be shown before the feature film.
See www.corkcineclub.com, Facebook and Twitter for trailers, reviews and more. Tickets, €8.50/€7 (includes Cine Club membership), are sold at the door. Foreign language films are subtitled.
Cork Cine Club is supported by access>CINEMA, a resource organization for regional cultural cinema, and by The Arts Council of Ireland.