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 and decisions — offering an exclusive account of their experiences and attitudes during, and after, their service. –TIFF
As a peacebuilder, watching this - the conclusions of the men make sense. If nations can wage war, why not peace? Why can't we try trust instead of terror paranoia? I had no problem with the pacing. I was gripped start to finish. I can think of a thousand ways this film could be useful when talking about conflict, peace, military, politics... you name it.
The Gatekeepers is an Oscar nominated and much awarded documentary that brings together six former heads of Shin Bet Shin Bet, better known as Shabak, is responsible for internal security of Israel and its head is one of the top decision makers in the government on security matters. Continue reading the full review on mostlycinema.com
Chilling documentary about Israel's version of the CIA, the Shin Bet, plunges us into the moral gray areas of the conflict between Israel and Palestine by interviewing former heads of the organization. More than just a talking head documentary, THE GATEKEEPERS is a gripping, remarkably complex look at a vicious cycle of violence by men who have learned that immobility on both sides will lead to mutual destruction.
A slow start at first seems to harm the intent of the director but it pays in dividends for those who wait. At first those interviewed seem distant, unapologetic and evasive but at the film goes on one can certainly see the same feelings we're having reflected in some of these men; hopelessness, futility yet perserverance. 'One man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter' best sums up the feelings on both sides.
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