Category Archives: transformative art

“Five Broken Cameras” and Israeli Youth

In June 2012, Born Equal reviewed the Palestinian documentary film Five Broken Cameras, which documents anti-occupation protests in the West Bank village of Bil’in. The film’s directors, Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi, chose to spotlight local children’s experiences of the community’s conflict with … Continue reading

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Israeli and Palestinian Musicians Explore Psychological Effects of Occupation on Israeli Soldiers

For years, Israeli mental-health professionals and non-governmental organizations (notably Breaking the Silence) have observed that military service in the West Bank often accustoms young Israelis to violence and drives them to dehumanize Palestinians. In fall 2012, both Israeli and Palestinian … Continue reading

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“When the Boys Return”: 2013 Documentary by Al-Jazeera English

In fall 2011, filmmaker Tone Anderson spent four months in the West Bank researching the arrest and detention of Palestinian children by Israeli security forces. In January 2013, Al-Jazeera English released Anderson’s fifty minute documentary “When the Boys Return,” which … Continue reading

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Formerly Detained Palestinian Children Animate Their Lives

In summer 2011, two groups of formally incarcerated Palestinian children produced short animated videos through a post-trauma rehabilitation program run jointly by the East Jerusalem YMCA and Save the Children Sweden. The children drew and narrated the clips, which narrate … Continue reading

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Testimony #27 from Breaking the Silence’s August 2012 Report, “Children and Youth”

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Much of the media coverage of the Breaking the Silence’s August 2012 collection of testimonies on Israeli army mistreatment of Palestinian children concentrates on an incident described in Testimony #27. According to the soldier’s eyewitness testimony, a 2007 patrol through … Continue reading

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Family Life in Susia, West Bank: 2011 ActiveStills Photography Project

In 2011, members of the Israel/Palestine photojournalist collective ActiveStills held a series of photography workshops with women in Susia, a small Palestinian village in the South Hebron Hills. (Susia sits on land that the Israeli government claims for Jewish settlements … Continue reading

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Occupation and Resistance Through the Eyes of a Child: “Five Broken Cameras”

Emad Burnat’s and Guy Davidi’s moving documentary Five Broken Cameras follows two interconnected narrative trajectories. First, the film documents the West Bank village Bil’in’s multi-year protest campaign against the expansion of Israeli-Jewish towns onto village farmland. Second, the film traces the … Continue reading

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