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The Gatekeepers [Blu-ray] (2013)

Ami Ayalon , Avi Dichter , Dror Moreh  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)

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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: 1.77:1
  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (120 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZMFM9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,617 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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86 of 92 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every American Should See This Now 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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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hoping Peace... February 28, 2013
By NYFB
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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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Made for an Israeli audience, and it shows... 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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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful
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The film offers interviews with the last six heads of Shin Bet, Israel's secretive state security service. Despite being largely sympathetic to the men, their interviews were laced together very well to show inconsistencies in their responses. As is common in interviews with governmental officials, politicians are not shown in a very favorable light. However, the film makes it clear that Shin Bet was not blameless in the things that happened.

I think this is a documentary that would benefit many Americans, if not others, as it gives a very different perspective on Israel's history than can be found anywhere else. As an American who is very interested in understanding the state of affairs in the Middle East, and who is just starting to see the "darker side" of Israel, I found this documentary very useful and interesting.

The biggest reason this is not rated five stars is that it was hard to remember which of the men corresponded with which years as directors of the Shin Bet.

Note: for those interested in similar films, Waltz With Bashir is another very good documentary that shows a perspective not often seen in the American media.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
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"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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4.0 out of 5 stars Candid Insights
The Gatekeepers is a documentary that interviews the six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security service. Read more
Published 11 days ago by Russell V. Olson Jr.
5.0 out of 5 stars Honnesty pays off....
THIS is a Documentary, not a film. Once this is "digested", this DVD takes its third dimention. I have lived the described epoch this DVD is about. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Jean - Pierre Enguehard
3.0 out of 5 stars The Current Gaza War Explained
Extremely insightful documentary on the Gaza strip/Israel situation. You get the feeling that these guys are so fed up with the politicians that they decided to finally open up to... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Big D
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive
A very impressive piece containing incredible self-reflection from Israel's top security administrators. A great amount of self-awareness spanning decades of conflict.
Published 26 days ago by Patrick McC
5.0 out of 5 stars WATCH this
This movie is essential for anyone with even a passing interest in the Israel-Palestinian conflict. What these former heads of Shin Bet have to say is bracing.
Published 26 days ago by Andrew MacLeod
5.0 out of 5 stars as described a wonderful seller
as described a wonderful seller
Published 28 days ago by Paul Ganjian
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth way more than 1.5 hours and $15!
Wow. Six former leaders of Shin Bet (the Israeli CIA) speak out about their experience. Much of what they say would shock most Americans. Revealing. Provocative. Loaded. Read more
Published 1 month ago by csb
2.0 out of 5 stars What was the point?
Disappointing. I didnt finish it. I felt it was a bit "preachy". I'd tell a friend to watch it just to see if I missed the point.
Published 1 month ago by S. Lewis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 1 month ago by Rossi Carlos
1.0 out of 5 stars The Land of Israel and much more belongs to the Jewish People - they...
Within the first few moments of the film when I heard the words "occupation/occupiers" I had the wisdom to know that this was going to be at the least bias and at the worst... Read more
Published 1 month ago by E. Renaud
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