5 Broken Cameras: Sunday, Feb. 22

Richmonders for Peace in Israel and Palestine present a free screening of the award-winning documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, Sunday, February 22nd at Richmond Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Avenue. Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 PM. The screening begins at 6 PM.

5 Broken Cameras,  a film by Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, documents the struggle of Palestinians from the village of Bil’in to resist the expropriation of their cultivated land to accommodate the expansion of Israeli settlements and the path of the country’s approaching security fence. The 5 cameras in the title belong to Burnat, a farmer from Bil’in. Burnat bought his first camera to film his newborn baby boy, Gibreel, but as his village mounts a campaign against Israeli encroachment, Burnat uses a succession of 5 cameras to document 5 episodes in the evolution of the village’s struggle against Israeli injustice as well as his young son’s evolving awareness of that injustice.  Together with Israeli filmmaker Davidi, Burnat documents the growing support the villagers receive from other villages, from sympathetic Israelis and from international supporters.  Burnat and Davidi end up making a film that, as pov notes, “become[s] a source of footage for court evidence, news agencies, Internet video, other documentaries—and then [an]  Oscar®-nominated feature film.”



Richmonders for Peace in Israel and Palestine will show the award-winning documentary, 5 Broken Cameras, on Sunday, February 22nd at Richmond Friends Meeting, 4500 Kensington Avenue. Light refreshments will be provided beginning at 5:30 PM. The screening will begin at 6 PM.

Released in 2011 and shown on PBS’s (WCVE 23) pov documentary series on August 26, 2013, 5 Broken Cameras won a Sundance Film Festival award in 2012; the International Emmy Award in 2013, and was nominated for an Academy Award in 2012.


For questions about the film showing, please contact Jim Metz at jdjmetz@yahoo.com or Dave Depp at ddepp@embarqmail.com For more information about the film, and to see a short trailer visit the film’s website: http://www.pbs.org/pov/5brokencameras/.


The film is part of a larger film series co-sponsored by Richmonders for Peace in Israel

and Palestine, the Peace and Social Concerns Committee of Richmond Friends Meeting,

and the Richmond Peace Education Center in collaboration with the award-winning documentary series pov (http://www.pbs.org/pov). The mission of the series is to encourage audience members to see and feel the humanity of both ordinary Palestinians and Israelis.


On March 24 the film series will culminate in Richmond Peace Education Center’s discussion of Sandy Tolan’s book THE LEMON TREE at the Main branch of the Richmond Public Library.


For questions about the overall film series, contact Jim Metz at jdjmetz@yahoo.com or (804) 232-1002.