The gatekeepers

The gatekeepers

DVD - 2013 | Hebrew
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Features interviews with surviving former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service.
Publisher: Culver City, Calif. : Sony Pictures Classics, [2013]
Branch Call Number: 323.119274 Gat
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 101 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.


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Sep 16, 2016

I found the attempt to humanize the monsters interviewed in this documentary to be quite horrifying. I would recommend watching this documentary only on the condition that it be viewed as propaganda ( and thus you should keep one eye open on the techniques it uses, and information it provides as being slanted in one direction ). Really sent shivers up my spine listening to the cold blooded murderers in the documentary.

Sep 15, 2016

This is a 2012 internationally co-produced documentary directed by Dror Moreh.
It is about the Israeli internal security service called "Shin Bet", known in Hebrew as "Shabak."
The director interviews six of its former heads.
The film combines in-depth interviews, archival footage, and computer animation to recount the role that the group played in Israel’s security from the Six-Day War to the present.
The way these tough and tough-minded men talk about Israeli politicians as well as the nation's current stance vis à vis its enemies seems quite outspoken and honest.
It really amazes me.
The retired CIA directors would NEVER talk in such a sincere manner because, if so, they would definitely lose the American public’s trust.

Jun 23, 2016

“Victory is simply the creation of a better political reality” states one former Shin Bet director quoting 18th century Prussian general Carl Clausewitz, and when applied to Israel’s public security debate he is quick to add that his country has won every battle even as it lost the war. Calling to mind the very best of Errol Morris, this is a fascinating insight into a very murky affair aided by intelligent Q&A sessions, a tense score of minor chords, and amazing visuals which go from dingy interrogation cells to infrared satellite images.

Feb 15, 2016

Good subtitle size & colour
The information comes straight from the mouths of ex shin bet, which is hard to find for any documentry of this type. Kept my attention & would recommend if your interested in this subject.

Dec 14, 2015

I applaud the film maker and the participants for having the courage to educate the public on this matter. But I wondered after listening to the film maker being interviewed (in the Special Addition of the DVD menu) if the solution must ultimately be solved by Palestinians & Israelis. I am not sure that others have the same degree of interest in long-term peaceful solutions.

Oct 16, 2015

A really interesting view on the security issues of Israel, and most importantly, first hand opinions and comments by the persons running the security institutions.
Really interesting to watch.

Jan 14, 2015

This film presents an unusual opportunity to hear from 6 heads of the military intelligence unit. It was striking to hear the perspectives of those who saw the humanity on both sides of this very difficult equation of the West Bank and Israel, and of Israel and the Middle East. There is no doubt of the dedication these men have to their jobs and they are able to see the problems faced by them and their nation from many angles; their analytical abilities were not rigidly dogmatic, but realistic, as might be expected and it was refreshing. There were dreadful mistakes but it at least helped that they were regretted and acknowledged. The open debate and questioning about what kind of people and state Israel wants to become differs from many other countries and a quality to be appreciated.

Israel has navigated difficult shoals and they aren't going to improve due to the political climate in the neighbouring countries as well as the chasms between peoples' beliefs within Israel. That they have done as well as they have, considering the threats, some of which are talked of in this film, is amazing. A unique people.

kurasawa1 Oct 06, 2014

A really important film highly recommended for a better understanding or war, military

Jul 27, 2014

Watch this documentary if you want to learn about threats Israel faces every day. There is a great piece on collateral damage, which Palestinian leadership so loves. The angle is very pro-Palestinian though. Suicide bombings are only mentioned in passing, but the movie spends 15+ minutes on the orthodox Jewish plot to blow up Dome of Rock. You get the feeling who's the bad guy here right from the start.

ido__ido Mar 19, 2014

I was very disappointed by this documentary. You learn about the regrets of a bunch of old men "we could have done this or that" and blaming the politicians for the actual situation. I don't like the way the interviewer ask his questions by putting words in their mouths.

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