Previously at the ICA - Films
19 Oct 2012 – 7 Dec 2012
★★★★★ 'A hugely powerful, moving study...The year's best home movie' Total Film
At the birth of his son Gibreel, Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat is given his first movie camera and begins recording both Gibreel’s childhood and the conflict growing around them. As Israel’s controversial ‘security barrier’ is built through their village, olive groves and buildings are destroyed by Israeli troops; violent protests are even more violently suppressed, and in the process the five cameras of the title are smashed. But with the help of Jewish filmmaker Guy Davidi, the narrative also reflects moments of hope and minor triumph that underpin the determined spirit of Burnat, his family and their fellow residents. Whatever one may think about this complex and divisive issue, Burnat and Davidi’s documentary is an affecting, sometimes almost poetic study that reminds us that despite the political intransigence, the situation must be one day be resolved.
Director Q&A - Saturday 20 October, 3:15pm
There is a special Q&A with Guy Davidi, co-director of the film on Saturday 20 October after the 3:15pm screening. The Q&A is chaired by Áine O'Brien, co-director of Counterpoints Arts, which is a hub for creative projects by and about migrants and refugees. In addition to Platforma, its projects include Refugee Week and the Simple Acts campaign.
Dir. Emad Burnat/Guy Davidi, Occupied Palestinian Territory/Israel/France/Netherlands, 2011, 94 mins