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.
High Hopes follows the success of Nowhere Left to Go, another film by the Jahalin Association, a group defending the rights of Bedouins from the Jahalin tribe.
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. more