The extraordinary story of a Palestinian village's resistance to encroaching Israeli settlements is brought to life powerfully, eloquently and personally, through the footage from Emad Burnat's five bullet-ridden and broken cameras. It makes for an intensely powerful personal document about one village's struggle against oppression.
Like the people in his West Bank village, Emad's five cameras have been shot at and smashed by Israeli soldiers and settlers. Over a five-year period he has filmed life in the village as a barrier is built across their farmland to separate them from the encroaching Israeli settlement. As Emad and his friends protest peacefully bullets and grenades rain down, but despite daily arrests and night raids, the villagers will not back down.
Cradling this chaos is the touching story of Emad's new-born son, whose early years are defined by conflict. When, aged five, he asks his dad why the army killed a much-loved member of the community, the insanity of this oppression comes to haunt us. And when, fearing for his life, Emad's wife pleads with him to stop filming we are bound to their troubled and joyful family life. Despite the seen-to-believed footage, this is an understated personal story told with great dignity.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion featuring director Emad Burnat.
Please note: Although this is a free event you will still have to reserve a ticket via the link above.
The State Crime Film Club, hosted by the International State Crime Initiative (ISCI) based in the School of Law at Queen Mary University of London. In partnership with local NGOs we will bring together scholars, filmmakers, activists, diaspora communities and journalists in order to promote wider awareness and understanding of the pressing and pervasive, but underreported, issue of state crime. Read more.
The Catastrophe Club is a film and discussion event organised by Hackney Palestine Solidarity Campaign. The films they screen cover broad range of approaches, whether first-person documentary, archive or narrative fiction, and often touch on cultural, social and political aspects of experience of Palestine/Israel, of diasporas, as well as stories that cross national and historical boundaries.
"An engrossing, out-of-the-ordinary film about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, whose violence is written on the cameraman's own body" - Hollywood Reporter
"From Unyielding Cameraman, an Acclaimed Film" - The New York Times