West Bank struggle topic of film screening

The Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” will be screened free to the public at 6 p.m. Monday at the University of Hawaii Maui College in the Ka Lama Building, Room 103. The film is co-sponsored by Maui Peace Action, the Hawaiian Studies Department and the UH-Maui College Peace Club.

“5 Broken Cameras” is a firsthand account of struggle and resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village affected by the Israeli West Bank barrier that cut off the villagers from their farmlands.

The documentary was shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his fourth son. In 2009, Israeli co-director Guy Davidi joined to create the film. Structured around the destruction of Burnat’s five consecutive cameras, the filmmakers’ collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of turmoil.

In addition to its Oscar nomination, the film received the World Cinema Directing Award at the 2012 Sundance Festival and the Special Broadcaster IDFA Audience Award and Special Jury Award at the 2011 International Documentary Film Festival in Amsterdam, according to a news release.