"5 Broken Cameras," a documentary film co-directed by Palestinian farmer and filmaker Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi was awarded the International Emmy Award for Best Documentary on Monday evening.
Burnat accepted the award, proclaiming on Twitter, "@iemmys it’s great day & moment for Palestine! I made it, the first Palestinian to win an Emmy Award!"
Burnat, a farmer from Bil'in, shot the film, which begins in 2005, in a bid to highlight the struggle of peaceful protests of Palestinians against the Israeli occupation. The story follows the growth of his son, Gibreel, with a backdrop of weekly protests against the construction of the Israeli Apartheid Wall on Palestinian land. Burnat also captured the violence of the Israeli soldiers on Palestinians during their peaceful protests.
However, the Israeli media predictably didn't see the win as a triumph for the Palestinian underdog - instead, scores of headlines bearing the news "Israeli documentary nabs International Emmy" flooded the internet. Wonderfully co-directed by Davidi, the film captures every stereotype of the IDF that Israel should be trying to avoid - peaceful Palestinian protesters being met with bullets, tear gas and death. Time to lay low on the Israeli PR, guys!
Even the name of the documentary is symbolic of the unneccessary brutality Palestinians face at the hands of Israeli soliders every day - Burnat named his film, he reveals in the opening credits of the film, after his five cameras that were destroyed by Israeli forces during the filming of the documentary.
Regardless of the Israeli media trying to hog the limelight on this one, the award is a great success for both Burnat, Bil'in and Palestine!
"5 Broken Cameras" has been screened at many film festivals and received won the prize for best documentary directing in the World Cinema category at the Sundance Film Festival. The film was nominated for an Academy Award this year, but lost to "Searching for Sugarman," according to the Palestine News Network.
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