In 1997-1998, many Bedouin refugees living under Israeli Occupation were forcibly displaced by Israel to a garbage dump. During that entire period, the Oslo Peace Process was ongoing, with 'high hopes' for peace; similarly, today's peace talks were taking place while a plan exists to forcibly displace another 3,000 Bedouin from the Jerusalem Periphery, and then subsequently 27,000 Bedouin and other Palestinian herders in Area C in order to expand settlements (moreover, up to 70,000 other Bedouin inside Israel in the Negev Desert, are to be displaced under the Prawer Plan). This calls into question Israel's commitment to peace, its willingness to allow a viable Palestinian state to come into existence or its attitudes towards Palestinians generally. HIGH HOPES (with the song "High Hopes" as its soundtrack, donated by Pink Floyd), is made from archive material of the initial displacements of 1997-98, and the corresponding expansion of Ma'ale Adumim settlement. Witnesses to that displacement were the late Faisal Husseini and the late Edward Said. The situation has only grown worse during the current period, when talks were again taking place, and Israel is both expanding settlements and formulating plans for the mass displacement of up to 30,000 Bedouin Palestinians.

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  • Angela Godfrey-Goldstein
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  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    14 minutes 20 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 23, 2014
  • Production Budget:
    10,000 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Palestine, State of
  • Country of Filming:
    Palestine, State of
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  • Moondance
    Denver, CO
    September 28, 2014
    2014 Atlantis Award, Best Short Documentary
  • Dublin Intnl. Short Film & Music Festival
    Dublin, Ireland
    October 5, 2014
    Best Documentary 2014
  • Best Shorts
    San Diego, CA, USA
    July 8, 2014
    North American Premiere
    Award of Merit in 2 categories: Liberation & Native American/Aboriginal
  • The Indie Fest
    La Jolla, CA, USA
    August 19, 2014
    Award of Merit x 2: Social Protest and Aboriginal
  • Boston Palestine Film Festival
    Boston, MA, USA
    October 26, 2014
  • Arab Film Festival
    San Francisco (Berkeley), CA, USA
    October 22, 2014
  • 5th Underground Dublin Film Festival
    Dun Laoghaire, Dublin, Ireland
    September 14, 2014
  • Accolade Film Festival
    San Diego, CA, USA
    September 16, 2014
    Award of Merit x 2: Liberation/Social Justice/Protest and Native American/Aboriginal
  • Awareness Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    September 14, 2014
  • LA Lift-Off Film Festival
    Los Angeles, CA, USA
    September 6, 2014
  • SR Socially Relevant Film Festival
    New York
    March 21, 2015
    Special Prize for Justice & Peace
  • World Film Awards
    Jakarta, Indonesia
    May 27, 2015
    World Awards of Merit 2015
Director Biography - Guy Davidi

Academy Award Nominated and Emmy Award Winner Guy Davidi has been directing, shooting, and editing since the age of sixteen. In 2006 his film "In Working Progress" was released and participated in film festivals around the world. Three more shorts followed: "A Gift from Heaven" in 2008, "Women Defying Barriers” in 2009 (Best Documentary in Montecatini Festival), and "Keywords" which premiered at Haifa Film Festival in 2010. In 2010 Davidi screened his first full-length film "Interrupted Streams" in the official competition of the Cinema-South Festival and competed in the Jerusalem Film Festival, winning the David Silver Camera at the Warsaw Jewish Film Festival. His second feature "Five Broken Cameras" was a huge international success: it was nominated for the Oscar 2013 (Best Documentary), winning a 2013 International Emmy Award. Davidi won the prize for Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival and the Audience and Jury awards at IDFA in Amsterdam and Best Documentary in Cinema Eye Honors. In addition, the film won awards in over 30 film festivals (e.g. Sheffield, Cinema du Reel, Planete + Docs, and Jerusalem Film Festival). Five Broken Cameras has been sold to numerous TV stations and been commercially distributed in theaters across Europe, Asia and North America.

Guy Davidi – Filmography

Five Broken cameras (2012) Israel - Palestine - France.
• Oscar 2013 Nomination – Best Documentary.
• International Emmy Award Winner – Best Documentary 2013.
• Jury Prize and Audience award winners, IDFA Film Festival 2012.
• Best Director Award Winner, Sundance Film Festival 2012.
• Won more than 30 awards in festivals and commercially distributed in cinemas around the world.

Interrupted Streams (2010) Israel- Switzerland.
• David's Silver Camera Award - Warsaw Jewish Film Festival.
• Premiered at the Jerusalem Film Festival
• Participated in Cinemambiente Film Festival (Italy) and festivals around the world.

Keywords (2010) Israel (short)
• Premiered at the Haifa Film Festival, 2010
• Participated in the Sole Luna Festival (Italy) and film festivals around the world.

Women Defying Borders (2009) Israel - Palestine - Italy (short)
• Best Documentary - Montecatini Film Festival (Italy)
• Participated in the Mecal Film Festival (Spain) and film festivals around the world.

A Gift from Heaven (2008) Israel (short)
• Premiered at the Workers' Film Festival in Haifa Participated in Curtocircuito Film Festival (Spain) and film festivals around the world.

In Working Progress (2006) Israel – Switzerland (mid-length)
• Premiered at the Lussas Film Festival (France).
• Participated in GZDocs (China) and dozens of film festivals around the world.

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