Israeli-Palestinian relations are beyond complex. Many filmmakers and authors have attempted to explain different aspects of the relationship with little to no avail. Some have an obvious bias while others only add to the confusion.
"The Gatekeepers" is different. Presented in Hebrew with English subtitles, the film is a thought-provoking documentary that centers on the Shin Bet, Israel's secret service agency. The Shin Bet has had a tremendous influence on Prime Ministers' policies and Palestinian relations since the creation of Israel.
What makes this documentary stand out is that director, Dror Moreh, was able to interview six former heads of the Shin Bet on camera. The interviewees are brutally honest and candid as they reflect on their time at Shin Bet. Mr. Moreh does an excellent job at asking provoking questions and tailoring a story that is relevant in today's political discourse.
The audience quickly learns that the story with Israel and Palestine is not black and white. Mr. Moreh states on the film's website that he wants these influential men to address the public in hopes of starting a dialogue and to better understand the conflict between Israel and Palestine.
Along with interviews, the documentary features archived footage as well as computer-generated imagery. The film documents issues with Israeli security starting with the Six Days War in 1967 to the present day and covers controversial topics such as torture, the cost of human lives and the 300-bus incident.
"The Gatekeepers" was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 2012 Academy Awards.
In Hebrew with English Subtitles