THE GATEKEEPERS – Documentary, Thu 24 October, 8pm

By December 27, 2012 archive, Season 9 films

In an unprecedented series of interviews, six former heads of Israel’s secret service speak about Israel’s war on Palestinian terrorism, candidly discussing their decisions, rationalisations and regrets. “riveting from beginning to end” – LA Times

Director: Dror Moreh. Israel, 2012. 95 minutes. Cert: Club. Language: Hebrew

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In an unprecedented and candid series of interviews, six former heads of the Shin Bet‹Israel’s intelligence and security agency‹speak about their role in Israel’s decades-long counterterrorism campaign. Dror Moreh’s The Gatekeepers is a rare glimpse into the untold history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from the point of view of the Shin Bet. In this series of one-on-one interviews, combined with never-before-seen archival footage, Moreh gives us unfettered access to the decisions, rationalisations, and regrets of Israel’s most powerful homeland security officials. As these veteran intelligence chiefs speak with detachment about their participation in some of Israel’s most controversial counterterrorist initiatives, their steely singularity of purpose‹to maintain the state’s security‹remains constant. But hard questions arise. What constitutes acceptable ‘collateral damage’? What is the virtue of a ‘proportional’ response? The Gatekeepers offers many explanations, but no apologies. – Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2012