Israeli documentary filmmaker Guy Davidi won an Oscar nomination for ‘5 Broken Cameras.’ So why is he struggling to raise $20,000 to finish his next film?
The Academy Award for Best Documentary went to “Searching for Sugar Man,” shutting out both “The Gatekeepers” and “5 Broken Cameras,” two films that were extremely critical of Israel’s policies toward the Palestinians.
‘The Gatekeepers’ and ‘5 Broken Cameras’ both take aim at Israel. But the Academy Awards judges would send a very different message to Israel by choosing one over the other.
Israel’s consul general tried to put the best face on its two Oscar-nominated documentaries. He said the films, which both harshly criticize Israel, showcase the country’s open debate.
When Israeli films were nominated for Oscars in the past, Israel’s consulate organized receptions and viewing parties. This year, there is no contact with one.
When emailing and skyping with Guy Davidi, the 33-year old Israeli co-director of “5 Broken Cameras,” opening May 30 in New York at the Film Forum, one encounters a sophisticated — albeit imperfect — speaker of English, with a vaguely British accent. His views, however, are always sharp: “My belief is that the construction of the wall has little to do with [the] security of Israel,” he said, because “there are still many settlers and settlements [on] the ‘Palestinian side’ of the wall. The choice to locate it within the occupied territories allows [Israel] to confiscate new Palestinian lands which makes any talk [of a] 2 state solution less and less relevant.”