The Gatekeepers

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Since its stunning military victory in 1967, Israel has hoped to transform its battlefield success into the basis for long-lasting peace. Simply put, this hasn’t happened: 45 years later, violence continues unabated while the mistrust between both sides increases daily. In what can only be called an historic achievement, filmmaker Dror Moreh has brought together six former heads of the Shin Bet, Israel’s Secret Service, who reflect on their successes and failures to maintain security while responding to the shifting politics and imperatives of the “peace process.” Each man weighs in on topics ranging from preemptive strikes to confronting terrorists both Palestinian and Israeli; their thoughts and responses are candid, well-informed and rarely short of remarkable. An insider’s guide — and what insiders! — to five decades of Israeli history, The Gatekeepers is destined to be one of the most widely and hotly discussed films of the year. (Dir. by Dror Moreh, 2012, Israel/France/Germany/Belgium, in Hebrew and English with subtitles, 97 mins., Rated PG-13, Sony Pictures Classics) Digital