Dror Moreh’s incomparable documentary couldn’t be any more timely or urgent. The Gatekeepers offers the most privileged of insider information, consisting of sit-down interviews with six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, which was formed in 1949, year after the country declared its independence. All six men are deeply critical of their nation’s policies—particularly of Israel’s occupation of Gaza and the West Bank after the Six-Day War in 1967—a position that has only intensified since they left the intelligence agency. Dispassionately recounting the targeted assassinations of militants, the administering of torture of Palestinian prisoners, and the other brutal tactics that were at their disposal during their time in office, these half-dozen experts make clear that the Israeli occupation is untenable; all support, to some degree, the two-state solution. As these fascinating interviewees trace the evolution of their thinking on the enormous toll—physical and moral—of the occupation, they speak not with sanctimoniousness but with pragmatism and stinging clarity.
It is hard to imagine a movie about the Middle East that could be more challenging to conventional wisdom on all sides of the conflict… It is guaranteed to trouble any one, left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainty in his or her own opinions.
—A.O. Scott, The New York Times
Official Selection – Academy Awards (2013)
LANGUAGE English, Hebrew
RUNNING TIME 101 min
PRODUCTION France, Belgium, Israel, Germany, 2013
FORMAT(S) 35mm, DCP, and DVD
Sony Pictures Classics
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