Not sure why my original review disappeared but, to make sense of the comments, I posed a question as to why films like this (people talking mainly over old film footage) couldn't be dubbed to make it more accessible to the people I know who cannot or will not watch a subtitled film, as I feel its a shame that it won't reach as wide an audience. That was the gist but for some reason it was deleted. Unsure how/why.
A good example of "It's easy to be a general after the war". Still, it doesn't make it less disheartening. What I found the most interesting was the shifting of roles - on one hand talking lightly about collateral damage and having deep humanistic philosophical thought about their actions and roles they played from the distance on the other. Disheartening, truly, when the good do bad.
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.
Devastating. The sheer magnitude of bringing together so many so-called "gatekeepers" to discuss these events adds so much weight to the history. A heavy film indeed. I will agree with Miasma however that it too often would switch to a glossy over-produced style.