Sadly, it’s a light day for me, movie-wise, because I’ve been so busy with everything else! I only had time to see 5 Broken Cameras (Emad Burnat, Guy Davidi), a documentary about the struggles of Bil’in, a Palestinian village, against encroaching Israeli settlements. The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is typically just to immense for journalists and artists to handle, but I appreciated that this film was not too ambitious. That is, the story was remarkably concise and kept everything tied together by remaining in one location and by following the 5 broken cameras and the youngest son of the cinematographer. One moment that particularly caught my attention was when Emad says that tries to protect his son by allowing him to see everything with his own eyes in order to understand the fragility of life – very intriguing. This approach seems, from my young perspective, quite the opposite of the average Western mentality. This film was much more palatable than 1/2 Revolution not only because the footage was steadier, but also because there was a stronger, more thoughtful narrative to follow. Unfortunately, I left before the Q&A with the directors, which I expect was very insightful.
Hopefully I’ll be able to catch a few more tomorrow! I’ll be trying to figure out my math homework until then.