Israeli documentary nabs International Emmy
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Israeli documentary nabs International Emmy

‘5 Broken Cameras,’ which earned an Oscar nomination in 2013, picks up prestigious prize in New York award gala

Debra writes for the JTA, and is a former features writer for The Times of Israel.

Emad Burnat and one of his sons in the movie poster for '5 Broken Cameras' (Courtesy '5 Broken Cameras')
Emad Burnat and one of his sons in the movie poster for '5 Broken Cameras' (Courtesy '5 Broken Cameras')

“5 Broken Cameras,” the controversial 2013 Oscar-nominated documentary film that was co-directed by an Israeli and a Palestinian, has nabbed another honor: an International Emmy award in the field of documentary.

The award was announced Monday night in New York City at the annual International Emmys Gala, hosted by the International Academy of Arts and Sciences. The film beat out entries from New Zealand, Mexico and South Korea to take the trophy.

“5 Broken Cameras” tells the story of a West Bank photographer, Emad Burnat, and his five years of struggle against the separation barrier in his home village of Bil’in.

Burnat co-directed the film alongside Israeli director Guy Davidi. The pair collaborated under the guidance and support of Greenhouse, a program for documentary filmmakers in the Middle East and North Africa which is a project of Israel’s New Fund for Cinema and Television and partners in Morocco, Spain, France, The Netherlands and Turkey.

“5 Broken Cameras” was one of two Oscar-nominated documentaries from Israel last year, sharing the honor with Dror Moreh’s interview with five living former directors of the Shin Bet, “The Gatekeepers.” Neither took home the prize, losing out to the Swedish doc “Searching for Sugar Man,” but both films’ inclusion in the prestigious awards ceremony prompted several right-wing Israeli leaders to condemn the nominations and even publicly praise the results after they lost.

The Keshet TV hit, “Dear Neighbors, Help Our Daughter Find Love,” was also nominated this year in the category of reality television, but failed to win. In 2010, the Israeli buddy-comedy TV hit “Ramzor” (“Traffic Light”) earned an International Emmy Award, as did the documentary film “Kapo” in 2000.

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