Written February 28, 2013
An outstanding documentary. Insight about the struggle between Israel and Palestinians from the point of view of the surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets.
Their experience and insight into the problems and how they might have been avoided.
Written March 09, 2013
I love all connections to Israel. For me the best part of the movie was trying to understand the hebrew without looking at the subtitles. I didn't understand why "The Gatekeepers " were talking about their experiences in the Shin Bet . I was so bored. I can't recommend this movie and don't even understand why anyone would be interested in hearing the gatekeepers speak about their days when they were the commanders.
Written March 24, 2013
All 4 of us found it to be a very moving, interesting, and challenging, as well as disturbing, movie. It is impressive that the film-maker found 6 former heads of Shin Bet who ALL felt based on what they’d experienced that Israel was handling the Palestinian crisis “improperly.” I use “improperly” as a catchall for adverbs like unwisely, immorally (or amorally?), unintelligently, illegally and/or others. Perhaps, the movie is a call to find and then to regain higher ground, in terms of morality and wisdom and of who Israel is
Written March 05, 2013
Not a "fun" film to watch, but an important one. Impressively made, seemingly objectively framed and positioned, and therefore well-positioned to help viewers understand aspects of Israel's security situation that have been unknown / hidden for decades.
Written April 02, 2013
Even though the subject matter is riveting and serious, I almost fell asleep. Maybe a little too long and monotonous, it loses sight of the fact that all this has been going on for such a long time--War of 1967. I'll agree this is a very important film and it is fascinating to see that these men who have wielded such power finally acquire some wisdom and perspective on the futility of what they have done. There is no shortage of bravery exhibited here.
But it is just frightening that none of this has really changed at all.
It's hard to avoid the conclusions that religion is the root of all evil and that politics is religion's first cousin. Very, very depressing subject matter--juxtaposition of black and white and color is phenomenal too.