Thursday, January 24, 2013

5 Broken Cameras (2011)

Director(s): Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi. 94 min. Not Rated. Occupied Palestinian Territory/Israel/France/Netherlands. Documentary.

A Palestinian's cameras are broken one after the other during protests, as he films the slow occupation of the West Bank by Israeli settlements. Initially looks like an anti-Israel documentary, amazingly getting nominated for an Oscar this year. But then reality sets in, merely showing a group of people repeating the same useless protests day after day after day, expecting different results. And lo and behold, they keep failing, while their wounds are healed at benevolent Tel Aviv hospitals. Makes you think people use non-violent protest as a guise, just because they're not strong enough to be violent.

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