Daily Israel Report

‘5 Broken Cameras’ Directors Face Call for Slander Charges

Directors of Oscar-nominated Israel-PA film accused of slander, incitement.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 3/13/2013, 1:29 PM

Stone Throwing at security fence protest
Stone Throwing at security fence protest
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The directors of the Oscar-nominated film “5 Broken Cameras” have been accused of incitement and slander. The Consensus organization filed an official request with the Attorney General asking that directors Guy Davidi and Emad Burnat face charges.

Consensus, which advocates for Israeli soldiers, stepped into the picture after several soldiers whose faces were revealed in the film appealed for help on Facebook.

The soldiers expressed frustration over the way they were represented, and concern that the exposure could lead to lawsuits against them in the future.

In its appeal to the Attorney General, Consensus argued that the film has a clear political agenda, and was edited to show a one-sided perspective. “The essence of the movie and the main motif is presented through a long scene of scenes that were ‘pre-prepared’… in which soldiers are shown using riot control measures (something that was not emphasized by the directors – which gives the false impression that the soldier is holding a live weapon) against protesters who are shown as not having provoked any response,” the group wrote.

“During overlapping scenes with ‘soldiers’ attacks,’ the ‘peace-loving’ protesters are seen singing, hugging trees, extending an olive branch to the IDF soldiers and more,” it continued.

“We can prove how the film was edited, clip after clip, shot after shot, to the point where it has no connection to reality,” Consensus declared. “The film is ultimately baseless, false and absurd, and as far from reality as east is from west.”

Sources in the organization explained that their appeal to the Attorney General “speaks for itself.”

“The time has come to stop this serious incitement against the best of our children, who were sent by us, Israeli society, to the front lines,” they declared.

“We hope that the Attorney General will understand how severe the directors’ actions were, in editing the film with a clear agenda, and will decide to put them on trial for the serious incitement throughout the film,” they added.

Attorney Amir Teitonovich, who led a legal battle against the anti-Israel film Jenin Jenin, recently told Arutz Sheva that he does not expect that a court case against 5 Broken Cameras will be successful.