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The Gatekeepers [Blu-ray] (2013)

Ami Ayalon , Avi Dichter , Dror Moreh  |  PG-13 |  Blu-ray
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00AZMFM9C
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #167,955 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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87 of 93 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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52 of 59 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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14 of 15 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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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
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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16 of 20 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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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great film
Published 10 hours ago by Josh Markowitz
2.0 out of 5 stars "There is nothing new under the sun."
as usual, the group of interviewees either told us we already knew/know, (Stern Gang, etc), or sugar-coated everything they said. Did they mention blowing up the King David Hotel? Read more
Published 6 days ago by Nanette Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Great documentary
We really enjoyed this documentary, couldn't find it anywhere else so thanks prime!
Published 8 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Frank analysis of the wider context
The Gatekeepers is a documentary by a 1st time director Droh Moreh,who got Shin Bet's 6 former directors to just sit and speak about their time as leaders of the internal security... Read more
Published 10 days ago by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great insight into the problems in the Middle East.... Unbiased and honest.
Published 16 days ago by Carol Baloglu
5.0 out of 5 stars sobering
sobering
Published 21 days ago by Hard to please
5.0 out of 5 stars the six previous chiefs of Israel's internal security tell what ...
the six previous chiefs of Israel's internal security tell what they did to protect Israel against mostly Arab enemies inside Israel they all say to the camera Israel must get out... Read more
Published 22 days ago by robert j. baker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great history lesson with individual insight of each Mossad heads response.
Published 23 days ago by D. Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic, watched it twice
Published 29 days ago by Daniel J Isenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Sobering and Scary
Chilling, must-see and must pay-attention-to words of Mossad's former leaders. Israel's home grown, suicidal zealots are shown to be as frightening as Islamic terrorists. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bullwinkle
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