Palestinian Oscar nominee among fellow award hopefuls

February 06, 2013 IMEU

PHOTO: Richard Harbaugh / ©A.M.P.A.S. (via

Emad Burnat, Palestinian filmmaker from the West Bank village of Bil'in, and Oscar nominee for the documentary "5 Broken Cameras" is pictured in the 85th Academy Awards group photo of nominees (Top row, third from the right).

Sharing the stage with stars like Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Robert De Niro, and Steven Spielberg, Burnat will not only represent his family and his small farming village at the awards show on the 24th, but also millions of Palestinians around the world. The documentary, filmed and co-directed by Burnat, is about his village's popular protest movement against the erection of Israel's wall, confiscating nearly half of the village's land, and the construction of settlements where farmers' olive trees were only recently uprooted by the Israeli army.

The documentary follows the movement, as well as the more personal but parallel growth of Emad's son Jibril, through the lens of his video cameras. The film is currently streaming on both Netflix and Hulu Plus, and played in select theatres across the U.S.