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Movie & Discussion Club

April 12, 2016, 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

“THE GATEKEEPER”   (2012)

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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.

At this point, just about any honest film about Israel will be touched by tragedy. “The Gatekeepers,” a documentary history of the country told from the point of view of its internal security chiefs, is both honest and saddening. “The Gatekeepers” was made by the Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh. The movie is built around interviews with six men who pretty much consecutively ran the Shin Bet, Israel’s internal-security intelligence operation, from 1980 to 2011 (there’s a two-year gap, when the agency was headed by someone who is not featured in the film). These insiders reported directly to the Prime Ministers they served. They are all hyper-patriots who would do anything to save Israeli lives and to preserve the Jewish state.

The shocker is how outspoken they all are—at least by American standards. (The movie is yet another proof that discussion of Israel’s behavior is much freer in Israel than it is here.) They are all learned, sober guys, with emotions passing between triumph and regret in startling alternations. They candidly discuss anti-terrorist operations. They are constantly weighing consequences against benefits, murder against morality. “

Director: Dror Moreh /  Stars: Ami Ayalon, Avraham Shalom & Avi Dichter