WALL OF DEATH
ALPERT MOSHE, YOSSI WEISSLER
Israel / 2006 / 50'
Giant ibex lock horns in a ritual battle of dominance. Their young will be hunted mercilessly by fearsome predators. And for those who somehow manage to survive this gauntlet of predation, the fiercest enemy of all is the Wall of Death. A terrifying, vertical wall of death rises up from the sterile waters of the Dead Sea. Sheer rock cliffs and jagged precipices loom over the barren Judean desert in the land of the Bible. High in the craggy cliffs is a stark world of vivid contrasts - a treacherous lifeline that offers both life and death. Those who seek shelter here risk nature's deadliest assaults… opportunistic gangs of hyenas and wolves, along with frequent earthquakes that can send even the mightiest creature tumbling into the abyss.
Wall of Death is a remarkable tale of survival set against one of the most brutal and beautiful landscapes on the planet. Dramatic interaction between ibex and their surroundings is taken up a notch when nature unleashes its fury in a series of devastating floods and earthquakes.
Cameraman, director and founder of Afikim Productions, Moshe Alpert was born and lives in Kibbutz Afikim. He began his professional career in 1968 as a news cameraman for Israeli television. In 1973 he began working for the American CBS-News network and has worked with some of the network's best anchormen and reporters including Dan Rather and Bob Simon.
In 1983 he left his work with Israeli television in order to realize a lifelong ambition – the filming and directing of nature documentaries. In 1984, he finished filming his first nature documentary Migration in the wake of the white Pelican
Born in Poland, Yossi Weissle joined Kibbutz Afikim in the Jordan Valley Israel at the age of 12. In 1985, upon receipt of his Masters Degree in Business Management in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem he joined Afikim Productions as C.E.O. and Executive Producer.
He is a producer of the film Wall of Death that won Grand Prix on Sondrio Nature Film Festival in 2007 as well as producing over 20 films about the Nature of the Holy Land.