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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 9 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Unique insight into the Shin Bet See more (31 total) »

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:
[first lines]
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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83 out of 95 people found the following review useful.
Unique insight into the Shin Bet, 24 November 2012
Author: ruben-154 from Netherlands

In this documentary the film maker interviews six former heads of the Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence service. The interviews paint a picture of the security situation Israel is facing and the decisions it has made in its conflict with the Palestinians.

I was surprised to see that these former Shin Bet heads had a much more nuanced view of the conflict than I expected. Of course, they have been defending Israel and they are still Israeli citizens and they still stand behind decisions that they have made and that have cost Palestinian lives. In that sense they are "pro-Israel". On the other hand some of them openly discussed the possibility of a Palestinian state, they spoke of Palestinians in a much more humane way than many Israeli's do and they were openly critical of Israel's security policy in the past decades, both from a human and from a professional, security perspective.

One of the interviewees for example said that one people's terrorist is the other people's freedom fighter, which is not only very true, but it also shows that these people, through their history in Shin Bet have attained a different way of looking at the conflict. I found that a very surprising and interesting aspect of the movie.

I saw the film at the International Documentary Festival in Amsterdam (IDFA). The maker of the movie was present at the screening and he took questions from the audience after the screening. There was one Israeli woman in the audience that condemned the maker of being anti-Israeli and painting a too positive picture of the Palestinians and right after that there was a Dutch man in the audience accusing the maker of painting a too pro-Israeli picture. It just shows the incredible sensitivity around the subject. I myself was wondering "which side is he on" when the movie started. The movie however doesn't really show the views of the film maker, but the views of the former heads of Shin Bet, which is an entirely new perspective, because most movies about this conflict are created from a certain political standpoint.

I think the maker has done a very good job at getting these six important people to participate in his documentary, because the views of these people are important and hard to ignore. It is not a movie that was inspired by right-wing or left-wing sentiments, it was an unbiased movie that shows the views of the six people that were on the forefront of this war for many years. I am very surprised to see what the reactions to this movie will be in Israel. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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