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Friday, February 01, 2013
The Gatekeepers will surely be one of the most widely and hotly discussed films of the year.
Since its stunning military victory in 1967, Israel has hoped to
transform its battlefield success into the basis for long-lasting peace.
Simply put, this hasn’t happened: 45 years later, violence continues
unabated while the mistrust between both sides increases daily. In what
can only be called an historic achievement, filmmaker Dror Moreh has
brought together six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s Secret
Service, who reflect on their successes and failures to maintain
security while responding to the shifting politics and imperatives of
the “peace process.” Each man weighs in on topics ranging from
preemptive strikes to confronting terrorists both Palestinian and
Israeli; their thoughts and responses are candid, well-informed and
rarely short of remarkable. An insider’s guide—and what insiders!—to
five decades of Israeli history, The Gatekeepers will surely be one of the most widely and hotly discussed films of the year.