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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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.
The notorious impasse in the Israel/Palestine conflict is effectively analysed by interviewing ex-Shin Bet leaders with enough remorse regarding the subjectivity of justice. Profound and challenging viewing.
I never thought that I would watch a doc featuring interviews with former heads of Israel's internal security apparatus and walk away with something like admiration for their commentary, but there you go.
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.