His documentary 5 Broken Cameras is a first-hand account of life and demonstrations in Bil'in, a West Bank village adjacent to Israeli settlements. The film was co-directed by Burnat and Guy Davidi, an Israeli filmmaker. The film is structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras and the film follows one family’s evolution over five years of village upheaval.
On February 19, 2013, he and his family were detained at Los Angeles International Airport, when customs officials refused to believe his reason for entry.
Although this was an unpleasant experience, this is a daily occurrence for Palestinians, every single day, throughout the West Bank. There are more than 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other barriers to movement across our land, and not a single one of us has been spared the experience that my family and I experienced yesterday.
- Bronner, Ethan (January 22, 2012). "From Unyielding Cameraman, an Acclaimed Film". New York Times. Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- NPR STAFF (February 6, 2013). "The Story Of A West Bank Village Told With '5 Broken Cameras'". Retrieved 10 February 2013.
- Jill Serjeant, Michael Moore steps in to help Oscar-nominated Palestinian filmmaker threatened with deportation in LA, The Independent, February 21, 2013.
- Emad Burnat
- IMDB: Emad Burnat
- "Palestinian Director: Airport Officials Treated Me Like Dirt", TMZ
- Interview With Emad Burnat, “5 Broken Cameras”, Film Society of Lincoln Center