Well, I am an Oscar nominee. But more to the point, my film, 5 Broken Cameras — which chronicles my village Bil’in’s nonviolent struggle to resist Israeli occupation — is about precisely the kind of humiliation my family and I experienced at Los Angeles International Airport. The only difference is that the victims where I come from number in the millions, and our stories have become so routine that what happened to my family and me yesterday pales by comparison.


That’s because, on any given day, there are more than 500 Israeli checkpoints, roadblocks, and other obstacles to movement throughout the West Bank — an area less than 2 percent the size of California on which some 2.5 million Palestinians live under a ubiquitous system of repression.

Emad Burnat, director of the Oscar-nominated documentary 5 Broken Cameras on his detainment at LAX last Tuesday. The doc didn’t win, but you can watch it on Netflix - it’s incredible. 
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