Emad Burnat

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Emad Burnat in 2015

Emad Burnat is a Palestinian farmer and filmmaker.[1][2] He is the first Palestinian nominated for the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.[3]


His documentary 5 Broken Cameras is a first-hand account of life and demonstrations in Bil'in, a West Bank village adjacent to Israeli settlements. The film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. The film is structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat's cameras and the film follows one family's evolution over five years of village upheaval.

Five Broken Cameras is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production. Both the personal style of the movie and, especially, Burnat's working with an Israeli filmmaker, has been controversial amongst the Palestinian community due to the ongoing boycott of Israel as a tactic against the apartheid. The boycott, however, was never intended to include a boycott of Israeli activists and the problem stems from Israel having claimed the film as their own following its Oscar nomination in 2012 [1]


On February 19, 2013, he and his family were detained at Los Angeles International Airport, when customs officials refused to believe his reason for entry.[4][5]

Although this was an unpleasant experience, this is a daily occurrence for Palestinians, every single day, throughout the West Bank. There are more than 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other barriers to movement across our land, and not a single one of us has been spared the experience that my family and I experienced yesterday.[6]


  1. ^ a b Bronner, Ethan (January 22, 2012). "From Unyielding Cameraman, an Acclaimed Film". New York Times. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  2. ^ NPR STAFF (February 6, 2013). "The Story Of A West Bank Village Told With '5 Broken Cameras'". Retrieved 10 February 2013.
  3. ^ Jill Serjeant, Michael Moore steps in to help Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker threatened with deportation in LA, The Independent, February 21, 2013.
  4. ^ http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/palestinian-oscar-nominee-detained-lax-article-1.1269059
  5. ^ http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/race/emad-burnat-michael-moore-5-422669
  6. ^ https://www.theguardian.com/film/2013/feb/20/oscars-palestinian-filmmaker-lax-detained

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