The rock band Pink Floyd has provided the theme song to High Hopes, a short new film on Israel’s discrimination against Palestinian Bedouins.
Directed by Guy Davidi of Five Broken Cameras, the film focuses on the displaced Bedouin of villages around Jerusalem, detailing how in some cases, they have been forced to live in garbage dumps.
As one activist depicted at a protest against evictions says during High Hopes, “I am not crying for the Bedouins any more, I am crying for the people who have lost their humanity.” Meanwhile Israeli soldiers insist on their “right” to enforce “dozens of eviction orders” against Bedouins who were first made refugees in 1948.
Both of the Jahalin Association’s films have Pink Floyd connections.
High Hopes shares its title with the final track from the British band’s 1994 album The Division Bell. And Roger Waters, a founding member of Pink Floyd and a vocal supporter of the Palestinian call for a cultural boycott of Israel, contributed music to Nowhere Left to Go.
High Hopes has already garnered one prize, a “best documentary short” award at the Erie International Film Festival.
It will be shown at the London Short Film Festival this Sunday (18 January).
The London film festival program says of High Hopes that:
In 1997-98, Bedouin refugees under Israeli occupation were forcibly displaced to a garbage dump. This was during the Oslo peace process, with “high hopes” for peace. During recent peace talks, a plan progressed to forcibly displace Bedouin refugees to one site accommodating 12,500 Bedouin, for settlement expansion while 18,000 more are targeted for transfer against their will. A war crime.
The documentary can also be viewed for $1.99 on the short film streaming website Indiflixx.