The shipyard painter, political activist and razor-sharp cartoonist Bob Starrett has just written a new book The Way I See It on his eventful life and times. Below we reprint one of his stories and review an essential read
LIKE I say, I get around. Sometimes, though, I even surprise myself.
ENO's production of La Boheme is a triumph,
PARTISANSHIP in cinema has always been contentious since subjectivity appears to contradict an objective documentary.
Not that it matters to the victors. They of course rewrite history to accord with their propaganda, a tactic that the Israelis have perfected.
So I have no compunction in recommending this partisan view of life in Bil'in, a Palestinian village just inside the occupied territories.
In 2005 the Israelis were in the process of preparing the ground for the building of a massive wall while erecting blocks of flats.
Emad Burnat had just bought a video camera to film the birth of his son Gibreel and decided to cover what was happening.
Without any weapons, the locals decided to march every Friday night after mosque to present the Israeli soldiers with olive branches.
They responded with guns and tear gas, a ruthless reaction that only served to fire the flames of the resistance.
Apart from five broken cameras - smashed and shot during the struggle - Burnat filmed family and friends being killed and wounded.
It became an international cause celebre that finally forced the Israeli courts to recognise the Palestinians' rights.
Not that the Tel Aviv government took much notice, resorting to snipers and even capturing children to terrorise the community.
All to no avail. As one of the protesters observed, "Look, they're afraid of a bunch of kids."
Gibreel's fifth birthday signified a baptism of fire. As Burnat says, it was a "new kind of resistance, a new intifada," adapting tactics to the changing conditions.
While they couldn't stop the wall being built, they did gain some ground and a great deal of admiration and inspiration.
5 Broken Cameras is an amazing film of courage, determination and sacrifice central to developing the culture of resistance.
Despite being severely wounded Emad Burnat is continuing to film with his sixth camera. Long may he continue.
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