This is a tough one. It’s an important film. I understand why it’s playing at Sundance. I have nothing but respect for the filmmakers and their message. The film is very well made and put together. But it’s by no means an “easy watch.” It’s very hard to review a film that has so much heart and good intentions and seemingly very little agenda other than to show another perspective and to try and help a group of defenseless, peaceful people who want nothing more than the right to stay in their homes.

The Players:

  • Director: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
  • Screenwriter: Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi
  • Producers: Christine Camdessus, Serge Gordey, Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi

The film is shot by one man, Eman Burnat, who is trying to help save his village and doesn’t know how to do it. So he pieces together a camera and starts shooting the things he’s seeing around him. He continues going even after have all five of the “broken cameras” shot by soldiers.

This was also the first time that I, personally have ever seen a man shot and killed on camera. Though the scene is not overtly grotesque and shows far, far less than almost any horror film you may watch today, it’s a hard concept for my brain to grasp that a man that I’m watching is suddenly gone, and not just from the screen but life and everything he was fighting for.

I cannot understand how the people of Bil’in can possibly continue peacefully protesting time and time again, and remaining hopeful after so much has been taken from them. It’s admirable to the highest extent and really makes be unable to judge this film or rate it in any legitimate kind of way.

I recorded a video of my thoughts directly after watching the film. It’s by no means a very attractive video, but it does capture the emotions of how the film left me feeling directly after watching it.