5 Broken Cameras

Co-presented with Hot Docs
Tue Oct 23 | 7:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Nat Taylor Cinema, 102 North Ross

***All events are free and taking place on the York University Keele campus

5 Broken Cameras – Guy Davidi & Emad Burnat 90:00


A Conversation with Students Against Israeli Apartheid (SAIA-York)
Speakers: Hammam Farah and Ali Mustafa

Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference and market. The festival will present its 20th annual edition from April 25 – May 5, 2013. An outstanding selection of 150+ documentaries from Canada and around the world will be presented to Toronto audiences and international delegates. In partnership with Blue Ice Group, Hot Docs operates the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, a century-old film house located in Toronto’s Annex neighbourhood. http://www.hotdocs.ca

5 Broken Cameras is a cinematic collaboration between Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi. A testament to the camera as a political weapon, the film documents Palestinian resistance to Israeli occupation in a West Bank village.


Guy Davidi, born in Jaffa, is a documentary filmmaker and cinema teacher. Davidi directed many short documentaries such as “In Working Progress”, “Keywords”, “Women Defying Barriers” presented in film festivals and venues worldwide. In 2010 Guy Davidi’s first feature film “Interrupted Streams” premiered in “Jerusalem International Film Festival”.


Emad Burnat, a Palestinian peasant in the small town of Bil’in, receives his first camera from a friend in 2005. Burnat began documenting the struggle of his townspeople as they organized weekly non-violent demonstrations, recording the clashes that ensued, capturing the assaults, tear gas grenades and use of deadly force his people subsequently faced.

Students Against Israeli Apartheid is a network of students connected to the growing boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement. The BDS call was issued by more than 170 Palestinian civil society organizations in 2005. Modeled after the South African BDS movement, BDS is an effective, non-violent, grassroots strategy to put popular pressure on states to change their actions, when international condemnation has failed to do so. SAIA works to raise awareness about Palestine and Israeli Apartheid as well as the need to sever economic ties between our campus and Israel until it complies with international law. toronto.saia.ca


Hammam Farah is a Palestinian from Gaza and a BDS activist in Toronto. He is currently active with Students Against Israeli Apartheid at York University, where students are campaigning to have the student union pass a BDS resolution.


Ali Mustafa is a freelance journalist, writer, and media activist. His articles have appeared in Znet, The Dominion, Upside Down World, Electronic Intifada, The Bullet, and various other sites and publications.