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The Gatekeepers

Six former heads of Israel's domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions since the Six-Day War in 1967.

For the first time ever, six former heads of Israel's domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet, share their insights and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions.

Since the Six-Day War in 1967, Israel has been unable to transform its crushing military victory into a lasting peace. Throughout that entire period, these heads of the Shin Bet stood at the centre of Israel's decision-making process in all matters pertaining to security. They worked closely with every Israeli prime minister, and their assessments and insights had - and continue to have - a profound impact on Israeli policy.

The Gatekeepers offers an exclusive account of the sum of their successes and failures. In the process it sheds light on the controversy surrounding the occupation in the aftermath of the Six-Day War.

1 hour, 35 minutes

Dror Moreh, director of The Gatekeepers, answers the Storyville Q&A

What is more important, story or character?

Both, they go hand in hand.

 

What made you first want to explore the subject?

The desire to change fundamental belief in my country and to tell the story from the point of view of the decision-makers.

 

How long did it take to get the film off the ground?

Very fast from the day I got their approval to be interviewed.

 

What were you most surprised to learn in the course of production?

How many opportunities were missed on both sides of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to reach a solution.

 

What have been the differences in reception to the film in countries it has now travelled to?

From shock and awe to rage.

 

Which documentary has most inspired you?

The Fog of War By Errol Morris

 

Person you’d most like to interview (living or dead?)

Ben-Gurion.

 

Best piece of filmmaking advice you’ve ever been given?

Never give up.

 

Best piece of filmmaking equipment you can’t live without?

A good monitor.

 

If money was no object, what is your dream documentary subject?


I'm doing it as my next film and I will keep it as a surprise.

 

Favourite film of all time? A lot

Most difficult access? Still to come.

 

Best recent read?
A Problem from Hell by Samantha Power.

Credits

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Director Dror Moreh
Series Editor Nick Fraser

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