Burnat is a Palestinian who filmed his family, his community and a series of confrontations with the Israeli authorities over a period of five years. The iniquities and indignities which are inflicted, causing the cameras destruction, are clearly shown.
This film is astonishingly similar to Krzystof Kieslowski’s Cold War era film Camera Buff where a minor functionary films his baby daughter , and then his factory and becomes embroiled in politics which leads to disaster. This film made and distributed with Israeli and international money, uses the photography enthusiasm of a Palestinian in the occupied territories to bravely show the perceived truth to the world.
The Israeli health service saved our hero’s life but the Palestinian Authority refused to pay the bill or to have anything to do with this work.
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