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Vortzman: I'M Going to Appeal Decision to Show "5 Broken Cameras" in Schools

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Film director Guy Davidi just announced : Deputy Minister of Education MK Avi Vortzman (Jewish Home) spoke up against the Culture Committee's decision to add the anti-Israel movie "Five Broken Cameras" to the list of movies to be shown in the schools.

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Angelika R (143)
Friday February 14, 2014, 7:12 pm
Guy Davidi hat ein Update gepostet vor 1 Tag (

Parliament member is trying to prevent the screening of "Five Broken Cameras" In Israeli high schools.
Read more about it here:


Angelika R (143)
Friday February 14, 2014, 7:16 pm
Read the full story here > Anti-Israel Film Approved for School Viewing

Vortzman: I'm Going to Appeal Decision to Show "5 Broken Cameras" in Schools

Deputy Minister of Education MK Avi Vortzman (Jewish Home) spoke up against the Culture Committee's decision to add the anti-Israel movie "Five Broken Cameras" to the list of movies to be shown in the schools. "The decision to include the film was made professionally by the Culture Committee. However I intend to appeal to the Minister and request that it be re-examined due to the fact that the film has been edited to present a unilateral view under the guise of a being film documentary, and encourages outspoken incitement against the State of Israel and IDF soldiers who maintain the security fence from international anarchists. I believe a film like this does not deserve to be promoted in the school system," Vortzman stated.

Kit B (276)
Friday February 14, 2014, 8:31 pm

This should be shown in schools every where.

Angelika R (143)
Friday February 14, 2014, 9:07 pm
Agreed Kit! What an outrage, it is appalling to "censor" an almost Oscar awarded documentary, plus disrespect the former decision by the Committee, and a shame that man was even appointed Deputy Minister of Education! (his German name in German suits him!)

Evelyn B (62)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:03 am
A documentary by an Israeli - anti-Israeli????
And this from a Deputy Minister of Education in a country that claims loudly that it is the only democracy in the ME?!
Mind you - not surpising, if you read Judith Peled's analysis of education in Israeli schools: hardly a setting where open minds are encouraged ...

Süheyla C (234)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 4:46 am
noted anad shared. Thank you

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Saturday February 15, 2014, 6:30 am

Laetitia schartner (171)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 6:31 am

Angelika R (143)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 1:07 pm
Davidi already stated that should this outragreous and ridiculous repeal effort go through they'll raise a media storm. And I'm sure we'll all help him best we can. But I think he will fail anyway, just being loud to get attention.

Birgit W (160)
Saturday February 15, 2014, 3:26 pm
Hmmm, schools have their way of deciding what students should see or not. I am against censoring.

Alberto G. (6)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 7:11 am
Wasn't Israel created by invading Palestine? What's the difference with Nazi Germany invading Poland?

Angelika R (143)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 9:13 am
On-topic comments only please, thanks!

M B (62)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:03 am
I agree with Kit B. : the film should be showed in every school !!

M B (62)
Sunday February 16, 2014, 11:06 am
typo, it should be shown in every school.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:17 pm
5 Broken Cameras really is about those cameras. The lifespan of each camera frames a chapter in the struggle of the Palestinian village of Bil’in—joined by activists from Israel and elsewhere—against expanding Israeli settlements and the path of the country’s approaching security fence, which together would consume much of the village’s cultivated land. The cameras also capture the growing awareness and puzzlement of a little boy born into a world torn by a conflict that adults can barely comprehend. When Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat bought his first camera in 2005, his intention was to film his newborn baby boy, Gibreel. Little did he anticipate that, as a self-taught cameraman, he would become a source of footage for court evidence, news agencies, Internet video, other documentaries—and then his own Oscar®-nominated feature film (made with Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi).

5 Broken Cameras is a powerful work of front-line filmmaking. Just when Emad gets his first camera, the people of Bil’in (west of Ramallah) discover that the security barrier route will cut through their farmlands and that the neighboring Israeli settlement of Modi’in-Ilit plans to expand onto disputed land.

The Bil’in villagers begin marching every Friday in peaceful protest, and Emad begins filming the demonstrations. We meet two of his friends in the forefront of the protests: tough and angry Adeeb and charismatic Phil, who is remarkably optimistic when the others feel hopeless. Israeli soldiers respond to the protests with tear gas and rubber bullets. But word of Bil’in’s resistance spreads, inspiring the residents of other villages and drawing international attention. The soldiers shoot up Emad’s first camera.

Emad receives a second camera from his friend Yisrael, an Israeli activist. He continues filming his family and the weekly demonstrations. The villagers don’t give up, even after the wall is completed. Young Gibreel and other children gravitate to Phil because of the hopefulness he exudes. When Adeeb is shot in the leg, Phil shouts in outrage and pleads with the soldiers. When the villagers build a concrete structure to protect village land, their olive groves are burned. A settler breaks Emad’s second camera.

With another donated camera, Emad takes Gibreel, now three, to see the demonstrations. Soldiers begin entering the village more often, during the day and at night, arresting people, including children, in their homes. The kids hold their own march, shouting, “We want to sleep!” Gibreel sees his uncle arrested and his grandparents trying to block the Israeli jeep taking him away. One night the soldiers take his father. Emad is imprisoned for a few weeks for throwing rocks. When he is released due to lack of evidence, he quickly returns to filming the action. His third camera is shot up.

Other villages follow Bil’in’s lead, staging demonstrations as the barrier approaches their lands. In a neighboring town, the violence intensifies. Fearing a third Intifada , the Israeli army steps up its defense. Villagers begin to question the ideal of non-violence. Then, to their surprise, the Bil’in villagers win a legal victory—an Israeli court rules that the existing fence should be dismantled and erected farther from the village. Only some land will be regained, but the villagers celebrate this small victory. As time passes, however, the ruling is not implemented. One day, returning home after having crossed the barrier to work the land, Emad crashes his truck. Images of this accident are the last to be filmed by his fourth camera.

After 20 days in an Israeli hospital, Emad awakens with serious injuries and realizes that he is unable to continue the physical labor of farming. Gibreel is now four years old. The violence around the protests escalates. Meanwhile, the wall stands, and settlers begin moving into houses in Bil’in. Phil is the only one who maintains his optimism. Then, during a demonstration, Phil gets hit in the chest by a tear gas canister and dies instantly. The village is in shock. Gibreel and other children kiss the memorial posters with Phil’s face on them. Gibreel asks his father, “Why did they shoot my Phil?” Emad’s fifth camera is shot and broken.

Emad subsequently approached Guy Davidi with his footage and suggested they make a film together. The resulting 5 Broken Cameras is an intensely personal account of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as it plays out on the ground in the West Bank. It is a rare look at the conflict from the inside of a Palestinian village.

“It was a very hard decision for me to make a personal film,” says co-director Emad Burnat. “This is not something people here [in the West Bank] can understand easily. It also means exposure that can lead to arrest or worse.”

“I knew Emad had natural visual talent,” adds co-director Guy Davidi, “but when I first looked at the footage I wasn’t sure we could create a truly new story. Then, when Emad began explaining his personal connections to the people I was seeing in his footage, I realized we had the makings of a film that would tell the events in a new way, as Emad experienced them with his cameras.”

5 Broken Cameras is a production of Guy DVD Films, Alegria Productions and Burnat Films Palestine.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:39 pm
Bringing 'Five Broken Cameras' to Israeli youth

SHORT VIDEO: Bringing Oscar award nominated “Five Broken Cameras” that tells the inspiring and engaging story of a Palestinian non-violent movement to Israeli youth.


Angelika R (143)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:46 pm
I would think most here on C2 know the film and all about it, we had quite eloquently posted about it then. Like myself, other members also donated to the fundraising campaign on Indiiegogo while it was going on, and eventhough it didn't reach the goal of the needed amount, every contribution was a great help for the success to get any screenings at all in to Israeli schools.
I think, rather than posting here on my thread, Guy Davidi would probably welcome any comments to encourage him at the comment section of his IndieGogo site. (link above in 1st comment)

Thanks nevertheless jess, for informing those who may not have heard of this documentary before.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:55 pm
Thanks Angelika for the ridiculous attempts to censure the documentary fil. Attempts to silence and censorship is increasing dramatically.

I just posted "5 Broken Cameras" for anyone, wanting to see it in full. It is an amazing documentary, especially considering the circumstances.
Noted the suggestions for comments. Also there is a facebook page, for those, who are interested.

Israeli children, should be able to see it.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 6:57 pm
Share the campaign

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 7:26 pm
I gave the link already-the CAMPAIGN itself cannot be shared, it was on from 26. Dezember 2012 - 04 März, 2013, (23:59 Uhr PT) as you may gave noticed.. Long over.
I have no idea what caused you awkward statement above.. I had in fact POSTED about this documentary more than once when it was topical in 2012/ 2013.

fly bird (26)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 8:05 pm
Re: "I believe a film like this does not deserve to be promoted in the school system," Vortzman stated..
I think the attempt to censure the documentary is ridiculous, to put it more aptly.
Thanks Angelika.

Angelika R (143)
Wednesday February 19, 2014, 8:56 pm
Any attempt to censure the documentary would be in fact MORE REDICULOUS than Vortzman's risiculous statement, you got that right!
And I most certainly made NO such attempt. I hope you realise that.
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