5 Broken Cameras (2012) — Palestine
Emad Burnat is a Palestinian peasant in the village of Bil'in in the West Bank. He's married, has four young boys, and lives off the land by picking olives. He's also a very brave videographer. When the Israeli bulldozers, backhoes, and front end loaders moved into their Palestinian lands to build settlements and a separation wall, Burnat filmed the organized protests of the Bil'in villagers. This is as close as you ever want to get to the violence of a state brought to bear on a popular resistance — tear gas, riot gear, undercover agents, helicopters, night raids, snipers, the arrest of children, and martyrs. "It's an endless cycle," says Burnat. "It takes courage to turn anger into something positive." The movie's title comes from the five cameras that Burnat used, all of which were smashed as he filmed the uprisings from 2000 to 2006. In Arabic with English subtitles. I watched this on Netflix streaming.