documentary shows a personal portrait of three children from socio-economically
deprived families in Israel. Despite their poor living conditions
they strive for a better future using their determination and fantasy.
“At the Dream’s Edge” is set against the backdrop
of the growing gap between the rich and the poor and the question
what is left of David Ben Gurion’s dream.
Year old Moshe Bunker from Netanya:
Moshe’s father lost his job in 2002. Since then the family’s
living conditions have dropped below the poverty line. Moshe himself
is therefore working two jobs, during his final exams and until a
few days before he is drafted into the army. This way he can provide
for himself and also help his family by contributing some money. But
Moshe is also an excellent student and he knows that education will
be the only way out of this circle of poverty.
Year old Kelly Asraf lives in Jaffo:
Kelly lives in a city tortured by stigmas, ethnical tension, crime and
drugs. Her divorced, working mother puts all her efforts in giving her
children a better future than Jaffo has offered her. Her biggest wish
is to move to Tel Aviv, but it is not sure if that will ever be financially
feasible. The “Jaffa Institute” in Jaffo, where Kelly daily
goes to after school, is like a safe-haven and keeps the children from
the streets. There Kelly receives a warm meal and participates in all
kinds of (educational) activities.
Year old Moshe Datala from Tirat Carmel:
Moshe was born in Israel just a few months after his family arrived
there from Ethiopia in 1994. The integration of the Ethiopian immigrants
is still problematic, mainly due to huge cultural and sociological differences.
Lots of youth get off track, as they lack good guidance and care. That
is why the youthcenter with its special activities for the Ethiopian
youth is so important. Moshe is well aware of the dangers of the street
and enjoys going to the youthcenter. He dreams of a successful future
as a dancer or a soccer player.