New York-based indie Kino Lorber has picked up all U.S. rights to 5 Broken Cameras (pictured), the Sundance- and IDFA-winning documentary from first-time Palestinian director Emad Burnat and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi.
Filmed from the perspective of Palestinian farm laborer Burnat, the film is shot using five different video cameras – all of which get destroyed or damaged in the process of documenting Emad’s family’s life and his resistance to Israeli settlement expansion.
The doc won a Special Jury and an Audience Award at IDFA in Amsterdam last November, and received the World Cinema Directing Award for Documentary at Sundance earlier this month. It was one of five hot Sundance titles tipped by realscreen ahead of Sundance.
Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber said: “This is that most rare film of both inspiration and aspiration; with all the visceral impact of a war movie, it operates on a higher cinematic and poetic plane.
“Ultimately the film drives deeper thinking and caring about a global political issue through the intimacy of its personal vision. We think audiences across the entire polarized Middle East spectrum will be powerfully moved by it as they have been already at key festivals.”
Kino Lorber plans to release 5 Broken Cameras to the theatrical, non-theatrical and educational markets in late summer – before a home video and digital release at the end of the year with TV following.
This acquisition was negotiated by CEO Richard Lorber and VP Elizabeth Sheldon, with Catherine Le Clef, president of the Paris-based international sales agency Cat&Docs.