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The Gatekeepers

Rated PG-13 95 minutes 2013

In a journalistic coup, documentarian Dror Moreh gets all the living former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's secret service, to speak candidly about the agency and Israeli foreign policy in general. Their testimonies are fascinating and surprisingly critical, particularly regarding settlements in the occupied territories. But instead of building upon their statements to fashion an original argument, Moreh lets the subjects have the final word on practically everything, including their use of illegal methods to capture and interrogate suspects. Ultimately the movie feels evasive, and its flashy, digitally animated re-creations of military surveillance footage unpleasantly evoke the Call of Duty video games. In Hebrew with subtitles.

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Director: Dror Moreh

Producer: Dror Moreh, Estelle Fialon and Philippa Kowarsky

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