Jul. 18, 2012 - Issue #874: Musician’s Survival Guide: Songwriters on Songwriting
5 Broken Cameras
This film probably won't change any firmly set opinions about the Israeli-Palestine conflict, but to be perfectly clear, 5 Broken Cameras is more determinedly personal than partisan. There's no broad view, no attempt at journalistic objectivity, but there's something just as valuable: a portrait of individual lives, of a family and a community, ensnared in a great and long and complicated struggle. There are a lot of scenes of soldiers and officials ordering Burnat to turn off his camera, a lot of scenes of Burnat's wife becoming increasingly distraught by her husband's participation, which eventually finds him getting arrested and being hospitalized, and a lot of scenes of Gibreel trying to make some sense of all that transpires around him. Gradually it becomes clear: we, or most of us, are little different from Gibreel; we're little more equipped to understand the machinations of this conflict. But the difference is that Gibreel is stuck in the middle of it all. At least he knows his father is watching.
Fri, Jul 20 – Wed, Jul 25
Directed by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi
Metro Cinema at the Garneau
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