Emad Burnat presents his five broken video cameras. They will tell his story, every camera an episode in his life. When his fourth son, Gibreel, is born in 2005, self-taught cameraman Burnat, a Palestinian villager, gets his first camera. At the same time in his village of Bil’in, a separation barrier is being built and the villagers begin to resist this decision. For the next year, Burnat films this non-violent struggle while at the same time recording the growth of his son. Very soon, these events begin to affect his family and his own life. Daily arrests, violent attacks, bulldozers knocking down olive trees, the loss of life and night raids in the village scare his family. His friends, brothers and even himself are either shot or arrested. One camera after another used to document these events is shot or smashed. Eventually, Burnat joins forces with Guy Davidi—an Israeli filmmaker—and together from these five broken cameras and the stories that they represent, the two filmmakers create a powerful piece of work.
The film’s running time is 90 minutes; it is not rated. In Hebrew and Arabic; fully subtitled in English.