RAMALLAH (Reuters) -- Oscar-nominated documentary "5 Broken Cameras" screened for Palestinians for the first time on Monday, leaving locals hopeful that their struggle with Israel for land and statehood will gain a global audience.
The low-cost film is based on five years of amateur camera work by journalist Emad Burnat as he documented weekly protests against land seizures by Israeli forces and Jewish settlers in his village of Bilin in the occupied West Bank.
Neighbors are killed in the protests and demolition equipment mars the landscape while the filmmaker captures his infant son's rapid loss of innocence, heralded by his first words: "wall" and "army."
"This is a film for those who were martyred. It's bigger than me and bigger than Bilin. More than a billion people follow the Oscars and they will know our struggle now," Burnat said after the viewing.