Emad Burnat bought a video camera to have a film record of his fourth son. Instead he begins using it both to film his son and to record the struggle between his Palestinian people and the Israeli settlers. Each time his camera is damaged in protests, he gets it repaired or replaces it with another camera. Over five years, he films his son and the peaceful protests over a separation barrier and the taking of land from their village. It’s a struggle to preserve their land and their way of life.
Burnat is Palestinian farmer who has teamed up with an Israeli director to make this film about the West Bank village of Bil’in. The settlements by the Israeli’s are illegal because they are on Palestinian land plus they are breaking laws passed by the Israeli courts. Tear gas and bullets from the Israeli soldiers are the every day normal. Nominated for an Oscar in the best feature documentary category. 3 1/2* (I liked this movie.
90 min, Doc directed by Guy Davidi, Emad Burnat with Soraya, Mohammed, Yasin, Taky-Adin, Gibreel, Intisar, Eyad, Riyad, Khaled and Jafar Burnat, Bassem, Adeeb and Ashraf Abu-Rahma.
Note: Blockbuster 3 ½*, imdb 7.6, 95% critic 86% audience on Rotten Tomatoes.