The Gatekeepers

The Gatekeepers ★★★★½

The story of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency, as told by its former heads from 1967 through today.

Engrossing documentary that sheds light into a previously largely unknown (and unseen) area of Middle East's turbulent history. The interviews are not only surprisingly candid, they are a real eye-opener for all those who prefer to see things in black and white when it comes to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The director and his interviewees are not afraid to speak not only about the successes of Shin Bet but also their failures and their frustrations with both the Israeli and Palestinian political leadership and the justice system.
The use of modern technology and previously classified documents in order to reenact some of the most important incidents helps immensely to understand the decision process through which these individuals went.

This is one of those rare films where you just can't take your eyes off the screen despite the complete absence of pyrotechnics, emotional manipulation or any other Hollywood tricks.
Hands down, one of the best documentaries ever.

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