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Israeli Documentaries Make Oscar Shortlist

‘The Gatekeepers’ and ‘Five Broken Cameras’ are being considered

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced yesterday they are done sifting through the 126 documentaries eligible for a 2013 Oscar. Among the fifteen finalists, two are Israeli films.

Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi’s “5 Broken Cameras” is a 2011 film that chronicles peaceful Palestinian resistance in the Arab West Bank village, Bil’in. Viewers are taken behind the camera of Palestinian villager Emad. Throughout the film, five of Emad’s cameras are smashed by the IDF, yet he continues to record the countless arrests and raids that affect his friends and family.

Dror Moreh’s “The Gatekeepers” provides an inside perspective on five decades of Israeli history, with six interviews of past Shin Bet (Israeli secret service) leaders. The men share reflections on their responsibilities towards the peace process with Palestinians, while simultaneously working to protect Israel’s domestic security.

Jewish influence on the list doesn’t stop there. Other films on the Academy’s shortlist include “Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry,” produced by Alison Klayman; “Detropia,” edited by Israeli Enat Sidi and co-produced by David Menschel; “Bully,” produced by Lee Hirsch; the list goes on. The fifteen films will be narrowed down to five by early January, and the winner will be announced at the February 24 Academy Awards.

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Poupic says:

If it’s a documentary making Israel looking bad, it will win. What else is new?

CygnusA81 says:

Wow. Another anti-Israeli film made the shortlist for the Oscars. Color me shocked. What next, are you going to tell me that sun rises in the east and sets in the west!

Ellen D. N. says:

Hey, You misspoke!
5 hidden cameras is NOT an
Israeli film! It is a Palestinian
film intended to portray Israel &
it’s hard working IDF in a negative
light. I would never go see such a
movie, and so why on Tablet would
you set it up as an “Israeli” film??


Pam Green says:

Is the film about the Israeli Secret Service negative also? I won’t be surprised if it is.


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Israeli Documentaries Make Oscar Shortlist

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