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Emad Burnat

Documented nonviolent resistance in Bil'in through "5 Broken Cameras."

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Date of Birth:



Bil'in, West Bank, Palestine​​

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Why Featured?

Emad Burnat, an olive farmer turned documentarian, powerfully captured the nonviolent resistance in his village, Bil'in, against the Israeli occupation. His unique perspective as a local filming daily life and protests brought international attention to the Palestinian struggle.

Brief bio

Emad Burnat is a Palestinian farmer and self-taught cinematographer from Bil'in. He began filming in 2005, documenting his village's resistance against the Israeli West Bank barrier. His documentary, "5 Broken Cameras," co-directed with Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, provides a personal and harrowing account of the nonviolent protests and the daily challenges faced by his community. Burnat's transformation from a farmer to an influential documentary filmmaker marks a significant journey in Palestinian activism and global awareness of the Palestinian cause.

Major Milestones


  • 2005: Began documenting nonviolent resistance in Bil'in against the Israeli barrier​​.

  • 2010: Started editing "5 Broken Cameras" after years of documenting​​.

  • 2011: Release of "5 Broken Cameras," gaining international acclaim​​.

  • 2013: "5 Broken Cameras" nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary​​.

  • 2013: Detained at LAX Airport while attending the Oscar ceremony​​.

  • Journalism: Worked as a press journalist, providing footage to Reuters for two years​​...See More

  • Nonviolent Resistance: Played a key role in documenting and promoting nonviolent resistance in Bil'in​​...See More

  • International Recognition: Brought global attention to the Palestinian cause through his documentary work​​...See More

  • Personal Narrative: Showed the reality of war and oppression in Palestine through personal filming​​.

Date of Last Update: 
December 15, 2023

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