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by Dror Moreh


In this much-discussed and highly relevant film, six former heads of the Israeli internal security service Shin Bet open our eyes to what is happening with Israel's war on terror. With surprising frankness, they reflect on their own dealings and the erstwhile and current security policy in their country. With much pain, Avraham Shalom even compares the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories to the German occupation of large parts of Europe during the Second World War. To back up their stories, The Gatekeepers boasts some often-rare archive footage, which has been digitally reworked so that it now appears as a full-fledged part of the film. It starts with the Six-Day War of 1967, in which Israel won an exceptional military battle but in the process came to occupy the West Bank and Gaza with their millions of Palestinian inhabitants. Giving a panorama of the history of the Israeli occupation of Palestine, filmmaker Dror Moreh tackles critical questions head-on, providing the interviewees with the space needed to express their viewpoints. This produces some fascinating insight into personal principles, career pride and the pragmatic value of fighting terrorism in contemporary politics.


96 mins


France, Israel, Germany, Belgium




Director: Dror Moreh

Producers: Dror Moreh, Estelle Fialon, Philippa Kowarsky

Co-Producer: Anna Van Der Wee

Executive Producers: Yaël Fogiel, Laetitia Gonzalez

Camera: Avner Shahaf

Editor: Oron Adar

Sound: Amos Zipori

Sound Design: Alex Claude

Production Designer: Doron Koren

Produced by Dror Moreh Productions, Les Films du Poisson, Cinephil, Wild Heart Productions, MAC GUFF

In cooperation with NDR, ARTE, IBA, RTBF, Radio Canada

With the support of CNC, MEDIA, PROCIREP, ANGOA, Ils de France, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts - Cinema Project

In association with: YLE, DR, NRK, UR, RTS, VPRO