PARK CITY, Utah  - Palestinian filmmaker Emad Burnat spent five years filming his village’s resistance to Israeli settlers — and brought his intimate but powerful documentary to the Sundance film festival.

Co-directed with Israeli Guy Davidi, “5 broken cameras” was shown in competition on the first weekend of the world-renowned independent film festival, which runs until January 29 in the US ski resort of Park City, Utah.

The West Bank village of Bilin, some 10 kilometers (6 miles) west of Ramallah, made headlines when its inhabitants demonstrated in 2005 against an Israeli settlement on their land.

The same year Burnat, an oliver picker, received a small camera as a gift for the birth of his fourth child. He rapidly developed from family home movies to filming the resistance of Bilin.

“Emad started filming what was happening, but he didn’t think about making a film,” Davidi, who met the Palestinian in 2005 when he was making a film about the West Bank and the problem of water.

“It took a long time, for what he said, until he started thinking of making a film with the footage he got.”

It was only in 2009 that Emad called him saying he wanted to make a documentary out of his footage, even though many films had already been made on the subject.

“I had the feeling that we could do a film from his point of view if we could use the footage that he had shot in a very personal way,” said Davidi.

Emad agreed to the idea — a courageous decision, said the Israeli.

“He took a big risk in revealing himself. For a Palestinian, to make a personal and intimate movie, filming his wife, or himself, fragile and vulnerable when he’s arrested, for example, is very delicate,” he said.