Award-winning Palestine documentary to be screened at Bo’ness film festival

Five Broken Cameras
Five Broken Cameras

A multi-award winning documentary is to be given a screening at the Hippodrome Cinema in Bo’ness as part of a Middle Eastern film festival.

The Antonine Friendship Link and Falkirk Trades Union Council have teamed up with Falkirk Community Trust for the showing of the film ‘Five Broken Cameras’ which will be followed by a discussion.

The work of a Palestinian cameraman and Israeli director, it won the best documentary category at the prestigious Sundance film festival and was nominated for an Oscar.

It is being shown on Thursday, June 19 at 7.30 p.m. (Doors open at 7 p.m.)

The discussion will involve MP Michael Connarty and peace worker Maureen Jack.

Mr Connarty has been following events in Palestine since the 1980s, visiting in 1988 during the First Intefada and in 2011 touring refugee camps in Lebanon. He was vice chairman of Medical Aid for Palestininians, has made five visits to Palestine and the Occupied Territories and was an EU observer at the first Palestinian elections in 1996.

Maureen is a retired educational psychologist who has spent time in occupied Palestine each year since 2001 and has extensive experience of accompaniment work with Christian Peacemaker teams.

The documentary is an account of the protests by the people of Bil’in, a West bank village affected by Israel’s controversial barrier.

It was shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnet, initially on a camera he had bought to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, in 2005.

Israeli co-director Guy Davidi joined the project in 2009.

By then Emad had moved from filming his growing family to recording the pressure being put on his village by the barrier being erected by Israel that will cut Bil’in off from 60 per cent of its farmland.

He films Israeli forces beating and arresting villagers and activists who have come to support them and army raids on the village in the middle of the night to arrest children.

Link secretary Tom Wallace said: “This is a film that everyone should take the chance to see.”

The film is being shown as part of the 2014 Middle East Film Festival which will also feature a screening of ‘Omar’, about a young Palestinian who turns informant for the Israeli secret service, on Thursday, June 26. Full details can be found at