In the documentary Between Fences, filmmaker Avi Mograbi goes to meet some of the African asylum seekers outside of the Holot detention center and spends many hours with them. He and director Chen Alon initiate a theater workshop in an abandoned ex-army artillery storage space, located just outside the detention center. Through theater, they give the asylum seekers the opportunity to confront their own experiences, to re-tell their own stories, and to address the injustices that they have faced under the Israeli government.
The documentary acts as an introduction on the state of refugees in Israel – or more accurately on their non-state, for there is no such legal status in that country. The open ending and the many questions left without an answer is prophetic, as up until now there have been no satisfactory solutions given by anyone, anywhere to alleviate the suffering of these people. Between Fences is an extremely moving account of the realities of the African asylum seekers who live in Israel. It raises the controversial questions of the status of asylum seekers in Israel.