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The Gatekeepers -- 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.

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14 March 2013 (Singapore) See more »
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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. | Add synopsis »
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Nominated for Oscar. Another 8 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Cast

 
Ami Ayalon ... Himself
Avi Dichter ... Himself
Yuval Diskin ... Himself
Carmi Gillon ... Himself
Yaakov Peri ... Himself
Avraham Shalom ... Himself

Directed by
Dror Moreh 
 
Produced by
Estelle Fialon .... producer
Philippa Kowarsky .... producer
Dror Moreh .... producer
Anna van der Wee .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Avner Shahaf 
 
Film Editing by
Oron Adar 
 
Production Design by
Doron Koren 
 
Art Direction by
Doron Koren 
 
Production Management
Stéphanie Andriot .... post-production supervisor
Claire Babany .... assistant production manager
Ori Bader .... production manager
Johan Broutin .... production manager
Eric Duriez .... post-production manager
 
Sound Department
Alex Claude .... sound designer
David Gillain .... sound re-recording mixer
Daniel Meir .... sound editor
Wilmont Schulze .... foley artist
Sebastian Stroux .... foley recordist
Amos Zipori .... sound mixer
 
Visual Effects by
Hatem Benabdallah .... artistic director
Jean-Jacques Benhamou .... visual effects executive producer
Carine Gillet .... artistic director
Virginie Giroux .... digital compositor
Philippe Sonrier .... visual effects director
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Lee Klein .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Julien Champroux .... assistant editor
 
Music Department
Regis Baillet .... composer: original score (as Ab Ovo)
Jerome Chassagnard .... composer: original score (as Ab Ovo)
Alex Claude .... musical director
Daniel Meir .... composer: additional music
 
Other crew
Inès Daïen Dasi .... production staff
 
Thanks
Christian Rajaud .... the producers wish to thank
 

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Rated PG-13 for violent content including disturbing images
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101 min
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Certification:
Canada:PG (British Columbia) | Finland:K-16 (TV rating) | Netherlands:12 | Singapore:NC-16 | UK:15 | USA:PG-13

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Errors in geography: In the opening scene, the coordinates on satellite or UAV video feed are either in the East Pacific or the West Pacific depending on whether one takes the longitude to be East or West respectively.See more »
Quotes:
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Yuval Diskin:As Head of the Shin Bet, you learn that politicians prefer binary options. They don't like having three or four options. They want you to tell them "Zero or one. Do it. Don't do it." As a commander, I find myself in situations that are different shades of gray.
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12 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
Watch real power talk about itself., 30 March 2013
Author: John DeSando (jdesando@columbus.rr.com) from Columbus, Ohio

"These are philosophical questions, not practical ones," Yaakov Peri

If the Arab-Israeli conflict interests you, then take a close look at The Gatekeepers, a first-rate documentary about Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency primarily responsible for Israel's complicated relationship with Palestine, for both good and bad.

Director Dror Moreh has the six former heads of the agency speak as candidly as is possible for men were cautious in the extreme about safety and negotiation, causing death, destruction, and reconstruction to people who just can't seem to settle their differences.

As a one-time head avers in the quote above, for the leaders of the agency, founded in 1949 immediately after Israel declared its independence, the decisions of Shin Bet most often depended on the tactic rather than the strategy. Such a mode led to the Bus 300 affair in 1984 with Israeli operatives beating two Arab bus hijackers to death upon orders from Avaraham Shalom, head of the agency at that time. The decision, according to him, was a matter of not having to deal with the terrorists in arrest. And you thought drones were cold.

Ruthless and efficient as Shin Bet is, it couldn't stop Israeli Prime Minister Yitzah Rabin's assassination in 1995, even when it knew the identity of the assassin beforehand. Yet the documentary's thrust, ruled as it is by seasoned intelligence officers who lack self-recrimination, is that the agency did what it had to do and was on the whole successful protecting Israel.

As the film moves toward its end and the elderly leaders ruminate, one states he has moved toward the left in his old age, suggesting that decisions to accept collateral damage to civilians were necessary but regrettable. As I watch in fascination, I could only think how nice to be able to live with oneself and shift on the political spectrum with barely a scratch.

The Gatekeepers, deservedly nominated for a 2012 Oscar, does what a good doc should do—lets the subjects talk for themselves and thereby cleanly exalt and exonerate themselves without directorial intrusion (except in the editing room, of course).

Closer to the truth of the occupation's collateral damage, Shalom evaluates himself and his fellow leaders: "We have become cruel to ourselves but mainly to the occupation."

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