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The Gatekeepers

Directed by Dror Moreh
Israel, France, 2012


Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror, the head of the Shin Bet — Israel’s secret service agency — is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever, six former heads of the agency agree to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions.

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The Gatekeepers Directed by Dror Moreh
What makes the film so satisfying, though, is the appreciable craft with which the material is organised and presented, filtered through a post-1967 historical overview that allows the interviewees to reflect on the shifting demands of each new political and diplomatic era, and intercut with archive footage reflecting the transformation of the imagery of conflict across the decades.
April 12, 2013
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Fascinating testimonies by group of men freshly sprung from the shadows of government subterfuge… Makes for truly bracing viewing.
April 11, 2013
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Those merely interested in hearing stories about the country’s often morally dubious struggle to combat terrorism will likely be fascinated—though the same information could be presented in considerably greater depth, and much better contextualized, in the pages of a book. If you’re looking for an example of the art of filmmaking, however, The Gatekeepers has little to offer, operating strictly as a standard-issue mix of talking-head interviews and archival footage.
March 27, 2013
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