Palestine Solidarity NZ, 9 February 2016: Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat will pay a rare visit at the end of this month.
He will be touring New Zealand with his acclaimed film 5 Broken Cameras.The film won an Emmy, was nominated for ‘best documentary feature’ at the Academy Awards and was awarded by the Sundance Film Festival.
5 Broken Cameras is a moving account of life in Bil’in, a village in occupied Palestine’s West Bank. When the Israeli army decides to build a huge separation wall through their lands, the village responds with peaceful resistance.
Over five years (and five destroyed cameras), Bil’in resident Emad Burnat records what The Guardian described as “one of the best, most involving documentaries”.
The film follows two threads: the struggles of a family and their community to resist the loss of their lands, alongside a moving record of a young child’s growth from baby into a young boy.
The film is a Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production, co-directed by Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi.
Special screenings, followed by Q&A sessions will be hosted on the following dates:
AUCKLAND – 7pm Saturday 27 February, Mangere Arts Centre, Bader Drive, Mangere.
HAMILTON – 8pm Sunday 28 February, Lido Cinema, Level 1 Centre Place, 501 Victoria St.
PORIRUA – 4.30pm Monday 29 February, Whitireia Porirua Campus (TBC).
WELLINGTON – 6pm Tuesday 1 March, Parliament.
WELLINGTON – 5.30pm Wednesday 2 March, Cotton Building LT 122, Victoria University.
DUNEDIN – 6pm Friday 4 March, Red Lecture Theatre, Scott Building on Great King St.
CHRISTCHURCH – 6pm Sunday 6 March, WEA 59 Gloucester St.