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Loyola Film Buffs Institute: '5 Broken Cameras'

Date: Thursday, January 31, 2013

Time: 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm

Contact: Dittmar Dittrich · · 504-865-2152

Location: Bobet Hall, Room 332

The Film Buffs Institute at Loyola University will inaugurate its WORLD PEACE DOCUMENTARY SERIES. The first event in this series will present the Oscar-nominated “Five Broken Cameras,” which will be screened in Bobet Hall 332 at 6:30 pm. This event is cosponsored by Loyola's Middle East Peace Studies Program and Loyola's International Student Association, and is free and open to the public.

An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, "5 Broken Cameras" is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil'in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. The film was shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer, Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son. The film follows the violent destruction of each one of Burnat's five cameras.

This film series will present semi-monthly screenings and discussions of contemporary documentary pieces with a critical focus on war, violence and quest for peace in crisis-ridden regions worldwide.

The WORLD PEACE DOCUMENTARY SERIES is a collaboration between the Film Buffs Institute and Interdisciplinary Programs at Loyola (e.g. Middle East Peace Studies, The Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies, Film Studies) and will lead up to the “5th Annual Student Peace Conference” to be held at Loyola in April, 8-12.

For more information and submission of documentaries to be included in the series, please, contact: Dittmar Dittrich, Film Buffs Institute, at or Behrooz Moazami, Middle East Peace Studies, at