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MPAC to Honor Oscar-nominated ‘5 Broken Cameras' at 22nd Annual Media Awards

February 24, 2013


MPAC's Hollywood Bureau proudly announced today it will honor 2013 Oscar nominee for Best Feature Documentary “5 Broken Cameras,” co-created by Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat and Israeli filmmaker Guy Davidi, during its 22nd annual Media Awards Gala this spring.

MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau applauds the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences for recognizing films that illustrate effective, nonviolent means of promoting peace, human rights and social justice. Earlier this week, Burnat, made news when he was detained for hours at Los Angeles International Airport by the Department of Homeland Security until he could prove that he was an Oscar nominee.

“5 Broken Cameras” is a deeply personal, first-hand account of life and nonviolent resistance in a West Bank village surrounded by Israeli settlements. The film follows Burnat, a farmer who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son and his family’s evolution during five years of his village’s upheaval. The film is structured in chapters around the destruction of each one of Burnat’s five cameras.

Since 1991, MPAC’s Hollywood Bureau has honored “voices of courage and conscience” during the Media Awards Gala, including artists, actors, activists and executives who use art and media to create enriching and humanizing portrayals of Islam and Muslims, promote diversity and social justice and inspire action.

Past MPAC Media Award honorees include:

  • Director Daniel Junge and activist Dr. Mohammad Jawad for the Oscar-winning documentary “Saving Face"
  • The CBS series “The Good Wife
  • The ABC series “Grey’s Anatomy
  • Fox Searchlight Pictures for “Slumdog Millionaire
  • The Simpsons” episode “Mypods and Boomsticks”
  • Amy Goodman, the producer and host of “Democracy Now!
  • Lawrence Bender for “An Inconvenient Truth
  • The CW sitcom “Aliens in America
  • Actor and activist Alec Baldwin
  • Michael Moore for “Bowling for Columbine
  • Warner Brothers & Section Eight Productions for “Syriana
  • Morgan Spurlock for“Where in the World is Osama Bin Laden?
  • Warner Brothers for “Three Kings

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