Film Screening of Five Broken Cameras
Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 6:30pm
Griffin Hall, Room 6 844 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Spice Root dinner to precede and panel discussion to follow the screening. Critically-acclaimed and Oscar-nominated Five 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, 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. 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.
As this film touches upon complex historical and political issues from the vantage of a Palestinian filmmaker and Israeli director, we invite students, faculty, and community members for a panel discussion following the screening. The panelists, which include Professor Mara Naaman, Manal Yousef and Abdullah Awad, will join the audience for reflections on the role of aesthetics in history, non-violent resistance, and the confluence of progressive Israeli and Palestinian activists.
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