The 2013 Oscars is this Sunday (February 24) and if there is electricity in Gaza — a big IF — I suspect many of my friends will be watching.
This year a Palestinian filmmaker’s documentary — Five Broken Cameras — has been nominated. On their way to attend the Oscars ceremony, filmmaker Emad Burnat, his wife and son were stopped at LAX for questioning, another checkpoint, nothing new for Palestinians. Amy Goodman describes their experience here.
Personally, I’m rooting for Five Broken Cameras because:
- I saw the film in Albuquerque last year at The Guild and thought it was very good. By the response from the audience, it seemed everyone agreed.
- The film’s take-away message for me was one of hope. The story, of course, is very disturbing and at times difficult to watch. But this is unadulterated reality in Palestine which Americans must see to appreciate the real “facts on the ground.” Burnat, as both the filmmaker and a part of the story, inspires his audience with his strength and perseverance. That is why I walked out of the theater with hope.
Now I will hold on to my hope and keep my fingers crossed that Five Broken Cameras wins an Oscar on Sunday night. It will be televised live beginning at 7 pm ET (2 AM in Gaza and Cairo I think). Maybe I can stay up late Sunday night.