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  • Actors: Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter
  • Directors: Dror Moreh
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: Hebrew
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 9, 2013
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (157 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZMFM9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #32,240 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Gatekeepers [Blu-ray]" on IMDb

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Charged with overseeing Israel’s war on terror-both Palestinian and Jewish- the head of the Shin Bet, Israel’s Secret Service is present at the crossroads of every decision made. For the first time ever six former heads of the agency agreed to share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions. The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. It validates the reasons that each man individually and the six as a group came to reconsider their hard-line positions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies based on a two-state solution.

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I would highly recommend this film to anyone interested in this subject.
A reviewer.
It would be great if all Jewish and Palestinian person could see this film, especially the leaders who are trying to work on peace in the Middle East.
Diane Rapozo
At the very least now, we can better understand what is going on, or what did, in the heads of those who lead countries and people.
Jean - Pierre Enguehard

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103 of 109 people found the following review helpful By IcePatrol on February 24, 2013
Format: DVD
Insights from six former heads of Shin Bet, supplemented with rare footage of targeted assassinations and disturbing historical events. Encourages reasoned analysis of the effect and morality of the use of violence for security purposes. Highly relevant to citizens of any country grappling with the use of drones, targeted assassination, occupation, or torture. Don't be turned off by fact that it is a documentary--movie is riveting.
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57 of 64 people found the following review helpful By NYFB [Je suis Charlie ET Ahmed] on February 28, 2013
Format: DVD
I am neither a Jew nor a Muslim and to me it seems so hard if these people will ever achieve peace since when it comes to politics, geographically they certainly are not in a peaceful zone. As an outsider, I appreciate a sincere and well presented documentary which allows me to educate myself and this director has surly done his work by presenting facts and interviewing few people who have been in charge of defending Israel... but what is important, are those legislators who unfortunately have a mind of their own but controlled by few... Bravo.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Bronson Freeman on July 22, 2013
Format: DVD
Its good to see this doco out on DVD, as it only received a limited release in the cinemas. I was finally able to rent it on DVD last night.

My impressions: firstly, anyone wanting either a pro- or anti-Palestinian/Israel diatribe should steer clear, as this film avoids the sort of grand narratives you see in the usual propaganda pieces on this topic. Instead the film consists of interviews with the heads of the Shin Bet interspersed with video footage of key incidents in Shin Bet history. Most of the responses given by the interviewees consist of short, pithy observations that leave a lot unsaid, and even though some of the Shin Bet men give better interviews than the others it is clear that all of them are still somewhat cagey about saying anything at all.

For example, the interviewer spends several minutes pressing one of the men on a particular incident where two Palestinian prisoners were killed - apparently murdered - after being captured by the Shin Bet. Quite dramatically, one of the interviewees tacitly admits that he is the man that gave the order for the Palestinian prisoners to be killed. However, it took some googling for me to work out what all of this was about - apparently it was something called the "Bus 300 affair" according to Wikipedia. Israelis would probably know all of this instinctively, American audiences not so much.

This film has taken quite a few cheap shots in the media - for instance, it is true that one of the Shin Bet heads compares modern Israel to 1940s Germany, but he quickly qualifies this response by saying that this comparison was not aimed at Germany's treatment of Jews but rather Germany's occupation of Belgium, France and Czechoslovakia.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Paul Allaer TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 31, 2013
Format: DVD
"The Gatekeepers" (2012 release from ISrael; 95 min.) brings an unparalleled look into Israel's Shin Bet, the internal security agency tasked with protecting Israel from terrorists and other outside dangers. Incredibly, writer-director Dror Moreh was able not only to meet with and talk to 6 former heads of Shen Bet (covering 1980 to 2011, they are Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, Yuval Diskin, Carmi Gillon, Yaakov Peri, and Avraham Shalom), but Moreh then convinced them to talk on record, and on camera!

While the documentary does not strictly play pout chronologically, the early segments do focus more on the 'early' days following the Six Day War. Comments one of them: "we didn't get any direction from the politicians, we had to figure out for ourselves what to do". That gets solved when the era of terrorism becomes more pronounced. Shin Bet surveys, infiltrates and uses any means possible to get information on potential plots and strikes, and none of the former heads apoligizes for it ("there is no morakity when dealing with a terrorist", comments one). Shin Bet scores many victories yet suffers one of is lowest moments ever in 1995 with the assassination of Prime Minister Rabin by someone whom Shin Bet never had even an inklin about. The most interesting, and likely controversial, part of the documentary focuses on the Israeli-Palestine conflict. Despite the use of information-gathering methods that some might question, all six former heads make clear their disgust with the politicians on all sides, and they seem perplexed that there still is no resolution for this conflict. When asked if Israel should continue talks with all sides, including Hamas (a terrorist organization), they all are clear: YES!
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36 of 48 people found the following review helpful By D. Kriz on February 28, 2013
Format: DVD
A thoughtful documentary featuring interviews of the last six heads of the Israel's, state security service, the Shin Bet. The six all patriots all presented themselves as professional/pragmatic of the mold of "Canaris" (the WW II era German Intelligence Chief) as opposed to ideologues like Reinhard Heydrich or Yuri Andropov. Okay, Israel's post-1967 occupation of the Palestinian Territories has proven to be a disaster for all, including Israel, what now? The six offer a few steps forward.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By J. Brungs on March 10, 2013
Format: DVD
This is a thoughtful, provoking, exhausting, most interesting, heart clenching, and merciless search for a truth and a way of understanding contemporary politics: Politics as a result of history, political actions as "tactical but not strategical"; how close it all came to a solution once in Oslo, and hope started to sparkle, but out of the mob emerged the one fanatic who ended it all with the assassination of Rabin. I need to buy this DVD; I feel like I need to watch the movie again and again, so loaded it is with information.
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