In 2007, a wave of African refugees crossed the border into Israel. Destitute after having traversed the desert on foot, they crossed the border between Egypt and Israel in the dead of night with the threat of Egyptian gunfire looming over their heads. The Israeli military took the refugees in, but a day later they could be found on the streets because the powers that be were unwilling to take responsibility for them.
The only help offered was by individuals and former refugees who toiled day and night to procure food, clothing and shelter for the newcomers.
This film follows the refugees during the course of one year, documenting the trauma of the various groups and focusing on two personal stories: Adam, who fled from Darfur and arrived in Israel alone while his wife and children were detained by the Egyptians, and Ismail, also from Darfur, who crossed the border with his wife Halima and their four children.
Written and Directed by: Shai Carmeli Pollak
Producers: Zafrir Kochanovsky, Miri Ezra
Cinematography by: Keren Shayo, Yoav Gurfinkel
Additional Photography by: Yoni Masi, Shai Carmeli Pollak, Arik Futterman
Edited by: Tanya Raikhlin
Soundtrack Design by: Itzik Cohen, Gadi Raz, Rei Elbaz
Production company: TTV Productions Ltd
Reshet, Channel 2, Israel
MAKOR Foundation for Israeli Films, Israel
54 & 67' | Digbeta
Language - Hebrew, Arabic, Tigrinit, English | Country -Israel | 2008
Film IsReal Festival, The Netherlands, 2010
Pan African Film & Arts Festival, LA, 2010
Bronze Olive Award - Montenegro Int'l TV Film Festival, 2009
Milan Int'l Film Festival, Italy, 2009
ACOR SOS Racism Int'l Film Festival, Switzerland, 2009
Cape Town Israeli Documentary Film Festival, South Africa, 2009
San Francisco Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2009
Los Angeles Jewish Film Festival - USA, 2009
Toronto Jewish Film Festival - Canada, 2009
Haifa Film Festival - Israel, 2008