Bullets Gone Mad

In the nightly eviction in January 2017 performed by the Israeli police forces the Bedouin dweller Yakub Abu al-Quian and the police officer Erez Levi died. The circumstances how these deaths came about were never truthfully revealed to the public. Almost right after the deaths Israeli propaganda jumped in and al-Quian was claimed a terrorist. The state Israel had to retract the accusations and promised an investigation that a year later was closed without giving any further revelations to the public.

»Bullets gone mad« (2018) tells the story of the Bedouin village Umm Al Khiran in the Negev where he taped the voices of human rights’ activists Rabbi Arik Ashermann and Karen Isaacs retelling the shooting they had witnessed there. We only hear their voices while we look at the strong and static pictures of the demolished Bedouin houses. At a sudden moment we hear the sound of live fire and the screams of scared and horrified people. This sound footage and the aerial drone footage are taken from the media that were contradicting the official statements.

“There was an amazing amount of friendly fire”. This disturbing film about occupation and dispossession takes its force from a tension between the seen and the heard. Beyond fiction and documentation, it transcends the destruction and asks what utopias are left to us today. The sight of the present does not get lost in grief, but it accuses and hints at some possible other.