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.
High marks for a the rarity of the material and the format. As a documentary, it fails to really explore any of the major problematics that are mentioned through the interviews and instead concentrates on providing details on specific events. This is a perfectly defensible choice.
Insightful, engrossing and, despite the brutality, offers hope. The director allows these men space to express themselves without imposition. I expected that I would hate them. Instead they intrigued me.
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.
Overall very compelling in reflecting the dilemmas under which Shin Bet's old guard had to operate and now live with. Moreh can be praised for pulling out such arguably earnest comments from his interviewees, the sum of which inspire questions surrounding the morality of the response to the conflict, the futility of the actions taken and the scale of the suffering that condemn generations to death and hopelessness.