Israeli film wins Best Documentary at international Emmys

(JTA) — An Israeli film directed by a Palestinian and an Israeli was named Best Documentary at the 41st annual International Emmy Awards.

The film, “5 Broken Cameras,” which was nominated for an Oscar Award in 2012, was directed by Palestinian Emad Burnat and Israeli Guy Davidi. Burnat said he is the first Palestinian to win an Emmy, according to Haaretz.

The award was bestowed Monday night in New York City at the International Academy of Arts and Sciences’ annual International Emmy Awards gala.

“5 Broken Cameras” documents the first years of life for Burnat’s baby against the backdrop of the West Bank village of Bil’in’s battle against the Israeli security fence. Burnat said five of his cameras were smashed by the Israeli army as he documented friends and family members being shot and injured by Israeli troops.