The Gatekeepers
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Charged with overseeing Israel's war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There is a powerful moment in [the film] when Diskin, head of the Shin Bet from 2005 to 2011, candidly remarks that for the Palestinians he is himself a terrorist. That is not relativism but realism, and the welcome sign of an empathetic imagination."
‑ David Thomson, The New Republic
"The level of candor here may not satisfy hard-liners of either stripe, but it can help viewers begin to formulate new questions about the philosophical, strategic and moral challenges of conflict, in particular "wars on terror.""
‑ Lisa Kennedy, Denver Post
"The film bravely pulls focus on Israel's behaviour as an occupying power, the treatment of the Palestinians and joins the growing list of recent films that cast a critical eye over a subject that was once deemed too thorny to question."
‑ Jim Schembri, 3AW
"The film is detailed and requires concentration, especially for those who need to read the subtitles. But the effort is worth it for anyone vaguely interested in the subject. And of course the subject goes to the heart of the human condition"
‑ Andrew L. Urban, Urban Cinefile
"The Gatekeepers shines as both an excellent history lesson and a remarkably in-depth look at one of the world's most important covert agencies."
‑ Forrest Hartman, Reno Gazette-Journal
"The film and its talking head participants paint the picture in both broad strokes and fine detail."
‑ Tom Long, Detroit News
"Ultimately the movie feels evasive, and its flashy, digitally animated re-creations of military surveillance footage unpleasantly evoke the Call of Duty video games."
‑ Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader
"This is unprecedented stuff right here, on a topic so volatile it feels like it's just waiting to explode. And as a film, it's effective - for the most part."
‑ Nikola Grozdanovic, The Playlist
"A candid, revelatory and at times disturbing documentary that represents one of the 'must-sees' of 2013."
‑ Tom Glasson, Concrete Playground
"The Gatekeepers is a fascinating, often shocking, look into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict through the eyes of some of the men who would know it best."
‑ Jeff Beck, We Got This Covered
"Whatever one's political stripe regarding Israel, it's hard to dispute the impressions and perspective of the film's six eyewitnesses."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"It offers startlingly honest insight into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from some of those who called the shots."
‑ Claudia Puig, USA Today
"Dror Moreh's documentary is remarkable not for stylistic innovation but for the very fact it exists."
‑ CJ Johnson, ABC Radio (Australia)
"THE GATEKEEPERS doesn't want to function in binaries, it immerses you into the moral and ethical 'grey' quandary of Israel/Palestine."
‑ Blake Howard, 2UE That Movie Show
"Moreh's interviewees span generations, from elder statesman Avraham Shalom (mastermind of the 1960 Adolf Eichmann grab) to most recent spook-in-chief Yuval Diskin. Each displays a disarming mix of even-voiced candor and respect for talk-it-out diplomacy."
‑ Nicolas Rapold, Film Comment Magazine
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