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On the Fence


As Yoni, an Amercican volunteer in the Israeli army, struggles to command a small military outpost on the Israel-Egypt border, he is the only one who can save the life of a Sudanese migrant attempting to cross into Israel. Yoni’s decision is complicated by his own search for identity and belonging in a foreign land.

Our Review: When the fire went out on the other side, something bursts within. How cruel can life become? In spite of selfless, faceless heroes like Yoni are born somewhere each day, there is always someone falling victim on the other side of the fence. Life at an outpost in isolated foreign land is enough cruel and to face cruelty of life & death at such close counter can shatter the psychic equilibrium of any strong personality. The expression at the end on Yoni conveyed so many emotions better than any words can say. The background score is kept minimal which is a wise decision. Every minute detail like the breathlessness & exasperation are captured well. A shout out to the team “on the fence” Kudos…

Director Biography - Kipp Adler Kipp Adler was born in the United States and moved to Israel in his early 20's, where he began his filmmaking career. While working as a documentary director, Kipp has completed several narrative film projects.

Director Statement This film is based on a true story and the main character reflects some deeply personal and formative experiences I had in the IDF. Taking place in a unique setting where cultures and identities collide, this film brings together an unlikely group of characters. As their individual paths cross, what happens next touches upon the core issues of our time-- identity, belonging and how we define who is "us" and who is "them."


  • Kipp Adler Director Rough Draft

  • Kipp Adler Writer

  • Kipp Adler Producer

  • Ziv Gidron Key Cast "Yoni"

  • Ran Jacobian Key Cast "Omri"

  • Alam Godin Key Cast "Alam"

  • Ilia Tsibulski Key Cast "Ami"

  • Segev Shaw Director of Photography

  • Tsur Avigad Producer

  • Ben Aylon Original Score


  • Project Title (Original Language): בגבול (Ba'Gvul)

  • Project Type: Short

  • Runtime: 9 minutes 34 seconds

  • Completion Date: November 6, 2019

  • Production Budget: 25,000 USD

  • Country of Origin: Israel

  • Country of Filming: Israel

  • Language: English, Hebrew

  • Shooting Format: Digital

  • Film Color: Color

  • First-time Filmmaker: No

  • Student Project: No

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