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DVD Review - The Gatekeepers (2012)

12 August 2013 8:53 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Gatekeepers, 2012.

Directed by Dror Moreh.

Starring Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Yuval Diskin, Avi Dichter, Ami Ayalon and Avraham Shalom.

Synopsis:

A documentary featuring interviews with all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.

Having little context offered to begin with, The Gatekeepers begins like each and every HBO show - plotting you right into events with little information, with instructions to follow everything attentively. As difficult as this is, it soon eases off as facts and opinions are introduced and explored regularly. Whatever you know or do not know about the history of the Israel/Palestinian conflict, director Dror Moreh unravels the ins and outs of it all to give you an incredibly informed overview of it. 

Using the basic documentary format of talking head interviews and footage to form your linear structure, The Gatekeepers is not »

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The Gatekeepers DVD Review

11 August 2013 1:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Dror Moreh Starring: Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri and Avraham Shalom. Running time: 101 minutes Droh Moreh’s The Gatekeepers is a powerful film about the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal intelligence agency. Moreh aims to give some perspective on one of the most controversial political situations in modern times, and interviews the six ex-heads of the agency who analyse their decisions doing one of the hardest jobs in the world. The men are brutally, if not shockingly honest. Their time periods span from the beginning of the sixties, where we can see how the focus of the agency was to attack, and how this mentality gradually changed over time when facing war, kidnappings, bombings and assassinations. They are level-headed, and speak with heavy hearts. They take responsibility for their actions, and acknowledged that not always the right decisions were made. The eldest interviewee, Avraham Shalom, »

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Dror Moreh interview about The Gatekeepers

13 June 2013 5:42 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Dror Moreh's Oscar-nominated documentary The Gatekeepers plays at both Seret and Sheffield Doc/Fest this week. The film uses the direct testimony of the six living former heads of Israel's secret service Shin Bet - Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri and Avraham Shalom - to explore the men's views on the ongoing conflict between their country and the Palestinians. The men, despite their differences, speak in one voice on that issue at least, arguing that dialogue and a two-state solution are the only constructive way forward.

Catching up with Moreh over the phone this week, we talk about the difficulties of interrogating men who have built their careers on asking questions rather than answering them.

"Of course, I was very, very nervous in the beginning but it was a few interviews with each one. The more you know them »

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Film-maker captures Israeli spy chiefs' doubts over covert killing operations

13 April 2013 4:08 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Director rejects charge that Oscar-nominated secret services documentary is one-sided

By the time Dror Moreh had finished filming more than 70 hours of interviews with six former chiefs of Israel's shadowy Shin Bet secret service agency, the director knew he had "dynamite in my hands".

The result, The Gatekeepers, a 97-minute documentary which has just opened in the UK, is indeed explosive. The Oscar-nominated film has played to packed audiences in Israel, many of whom emerged stunned at what they had seen and heard.

"I thought if I could manage to get all [six] to speak openly about their experience in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, it will create a shockwave," Moreh told the Observer. "I was right – it created a huge storm."

The recollections and reflections of the former chiefs weave a riveting narrative of Shin Bet's activities throughout Israel's 46-year occupation of the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. But the punch comes from their conclusions. »

- Harriet Sherwood

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Interview: Director Dror Moreh of Oscar Nominee ‘The Gatekeepers’

18 February 2013 8:26 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – One of the five documentaries nominated for an Oscar this Sunday is the incendiary story of “The Gatekeepers.” The film goes inside “Shin Bet,” the Israeli secret anti-terrorist agency. By interviewing ex-agency leaders, director Droh Moreh was able to gain insights into the moral failings of their activities.

By dividing the film into seven segments, Moreh breaks down the activities of Shin Bet post the Six Day War in 1967, in which Israel scored a decisive victory over Palestinian territories, including the disputed Gaza Strip. In this comprehensive interview with HollywoodChicago.com, Moreh talks about his process in procuring the interviews of the key Shin Bet leaders shown in the film, and the continuing influence over policy that the Isreali-Palestinian conflict has on geopolitics.

Ami Ayalon is Interviewed in ‘The Gatekeepers

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Classics

HollywoodChicago.com: Congratulations on ‘The Gatekeepers’ being nominated for Best Documentary in the upcoming Oscars. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Review: ‘The Gatekeepers’ Is a Deeply Necessary Film, If Not a Great One

2 February 2013 9:00 AM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

In a moment of almost chilling candor in the latter half of The Gatekeepers, Ami Ayalon invokes the concept of the “Banality of Evil,” perhaps without intending the full symbolic weight of such a reference. The former director of Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, from 1996 to 2000 uses these words to explain how after enough time on the job, the killing of large numbers of people loses its psychological burden. Hannah Arendt meant something a bit different when she coined it in 1963 as a subtitle of her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil. Yet one cannot deny the potency of a director of Shin Bet using a term to describe his own organization that was originally used to explain the motivation of a Nazi convicted and hanged by Israel for crimes against humanity. Ayalon’s interpretation of Shin Bet’s history, however, is not the only one to emerge. Abraham »

- Daniel Walber

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Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers documentary adds "Execution" clip

30 January 2013 9:41 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch a new video called "Execution" from Sony Pictures Classics' The Gatekeepers documentary, directed by Dror Moreh. Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. The film which opens in limited venues on February 13th, 2013, includes Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri, Ami Ayalon, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon and Avraham Shalom. »

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Dror Moreh's The Gatekeepers documentary adds "Execution" clip

30 January 2013 9:41 PM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch a new video called "Execution" from Sony Pictures Classics' The Gatekeepers documentary, directed by Dror Moreh. Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. The film which opens in limited venues on February 13th, 2013, includes Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri, Ami Ayalon, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon and Avraham Shalom. »

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Sundance 2013: The Gatekeepers Review

19 January 2013 6:52 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As the saying goes, "Knowledge is power."  Dror Moreh's documentary The Gatekeepers shows that it's nothing more than a saying.  Knowledge is only power if you know how to use it, and if you're allowed to use it properly.  Moreh goes inside Israel's intelligence service, the Shin Bet, and by talking with its former directors, the documentary uncovers the futility of intelligence in the face of terrorism, politics, and human nature.  Moreh attempts to show how the agency has to keep shifting its identity and purpose but still manages to come up short when tasked with stopping the major attacks.  However, in exploring the past, The Gatekeepers ultimately reveals nothing new about the present. The documentary interviews six former heads of Shin Bet: Yuval Diskin, Avraham Shalom, Avi Dichtner, Yaavoc Peri, Carmi Gillon, and Ami Ayalon.  Each ran Shin Bet at various points, and yet their stories are remarkably similar. »

- Matt Goldberg

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The Gatekeepers Movie Review

6 January 2013 10:19 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Gatekeepers Sony Pictures Classics. Director: Dror Moreh. Screenwriter: Dror Moreh. Cast: Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, Avraham Shalom Screened at: Sony, NYC, 12/7/12. Opens: February 1, 2013 If there is one element sadly amiss in the Israeli government it is their lack of an effective public relations campaign. Without Madison Avenue-style sound-bites, how can the countries sympathetic to the state such as those in Europe and North America understand why the continued building of settlements is to anyone’s net advantage? Just as Israel is bypassed by the United Nations, which in December 2012 voted observer status to Palestine, just as the small Jewish  [ Read More ]

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2 new clips from 'The Gatekeepers' documentary

4 January 2013 1:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 2 new clips from Sony Pictures Classics' "The Gatekeepers." The documentary directed by Dror Moreh opens in theaters from February 13th in New York and Los Angeles. Included are Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri, Ami Ayalon, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon and Avraham Shalom. Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. "The Gatekeepers" offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. »

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2 new clips from 'The Gatekeepers' documentary

4 January 2013 1:23 AM, PST | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Watch 2 new clips from Sony Pictures Classics' "The Gatekeepers." The documentary directed by Dror Moreh opens in theaters from February 13th in New York and Los Angeles. Included are Avi Dichter, Yaakov Peri, Ami Ayalon, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon and Avraham Shalom. Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s secret service is present at the crossroad of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. "The Gatekeepers" offers an exclusive account of the sum of their success and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution. »

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