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Law and Society Documentary Screening #1 Five Broken Cameras


January 21, 2014 7:30pm - 9:30pm

Room 280A

Brought to you by the Stanford Program in Law and Society

Co-sponsored by SALME and ILS

Five Broken Cameras Documentary Screening Poster


Synopsis: The Palestinian-Israeli-French co-production 5 BROKEN CAMERAS is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. Shot by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, Gibreel, the film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. Through Burnat's lens we are exposed to an unparalleled record of life in the West Bank under the Israeli occupation, allowing us a unique glimpse into the social reality behind the norms of International law.

The documentary screening will be followed by a discussion led by Professor Avishai Margalit.

Avishai Margalit, Professor Emeritus in Philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, former George F. Kennan Professor at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (2006-2011), and currently visiting professor at Stanford Law School, is one of the foremost thinkers and commentators on the contemporary human condition, the moral issues of our time, and current problems facing Western societies. In addition to his influence as a philosopher, he is highly regarded for his profound and cogent observations of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the broader struggle between Islam and the West. As the author of numerous books, Margalit has transformed philosophical perspectives on a range of political and societal issues.