Palestinian filmmaker begins NZ tour in Mangere

22 Feb

1455768733270Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat is touring NZ with his film “5 Broken Cameras”.

By Samantha Smith,, 18 February 2016

Mangere Arts Centre is being treated with a special visit by Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat.

He’s touring New Zealand with his film ‘5 Broken Cameras’.

The film won an Emmy, was nominated for best documentary feature at the Academy Awards and was awarded by the Sundance Film Festival.

Kia Ora Gaza chairman and tour organiser Roger Fowler says Burnat bought his first camera in 2005 when his youngest son, Gibreel was born but ended up recording more than just his young family.

“His film is about the courageous struggle of the community of Bil’in to peacefully resist the theft of their land in the West Bank of Palestine, after the Israeli military moved in to divide their lands with a huge separation barrier.

“It also follows Gibreel’s early childhood and Emad’s children’s experience of growing up in a world of such tensions and uncertainty but with an overwhelming sense of solidarity and community.”

The tour is giving the public another chance to watch the film – it was first shown at the 2012 NZ International Film Festival and an unique opportunity to hear from the director in person.

The special screening is on February 27 from 7pm. The event is free but with limited seating.

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