Film Review: The Gatekeepers (Sony Pictures Classics)

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Yaakov Peri appearing in The Gatekeepers.

Yaakov Peri appearing in The Gatekeepers.

by David Ashley

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isMcEbSc7nwEab19ybRfai9pxSIThe Israeli intelligence community is comprised of three arms: the Mossad (secret service), the Aman (military intel), and the Shin Bet – which is the focus of the Oscar-nominated directory The Gatekeepers – the sector devoted to internal security, counter-terrorism, and gross mismanagement of Israel’s relationship to the Occupied Territories.  There have been six men who have served as the leader of the Shin Bet since its inception, they are the agency’s singular public faces, and not one has ever spoken publicly about their work – until this film.  Director Dror Moreh would sit down with each man for hours at a time and question their motives, actions during service, and their thoughts and fears on the future of the state of Israel, for which many participated out of a feeling of grave concern – the most senior of them, who believes that the future is “bleak,” ends by lamenting that the nation’s army is now “a brutal occupation force that is similar to the Germans in World War II.”  “What is unnatural,” one comments, “is the power.”

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