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Palestinian documentary, ‘Five Broken Cameras,’ gets an Oscar nomination

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A documentary, tackling the peaceful struggle of a Palestinian town against the Israeli separation wall, has received an Oscar nomination for the Best Documentary Feature 2013.

Emad Burnat, a Palestinian peasant from the village of Bilin in the West Bank, started filming the development of the village since the birth of his son, Jibril, eight years ago.

Burnat, who recounts how the construction of the wall separated several parts of the village, produced “Five Broken Cameras” after more than 700 hours filming.

The Israeli separation wall when completed along and within the West Bank will cover a total length of approximately 700 kilometers.

Before its nomination for Oscar Best Documentary Feature, the film has been highly acclaimed by American critics.

According to the film critic, Ann Hornaday of the Washington Post, what is most interesting about the film is the way it tackles a political controversy that is heard of a lot in the United States and turns it from an abstract issue to a personal and human story.

The film is a joint Palestinian-Israeli production. It is not the first a Palestinian film gets an Oscar nomination. “Paradise Now,” directed by Hani Abu Asaad, was nominated in 2006 in the Best Foreign Film category.