Screened as part of NZIFF 2013

The Gatekeepers 2012

Shomerei ha'saf

Directed by Dror Moreh

Former leaders of Israel’s Shin Bet secret service agency talk frankly about terrorism, torture, war and Israeli-Palestinian conflict in this Oscar-nominated documentary. “Exemplary enterprise journalism.” — Wall St Journal

Belgium / France / Germany / Israel In Hebrew with English subtitles
101 minutes Colour and B&W / DCP



Dror Moreh
Estelle Fialon
Philippa Kowarsky


Avner Shahaf


Oron Adar

Production designer

Doron Koren


Amos Zipori
Alex Claude


Ab Ovo
Jérôme Chassagnard
Régis Baillet


Avraham Shalom
Yaakov Peri
Carmi Gillon
Ami Ayalon
Avi Dichter
Yuval Diskin


Toronto, New York, Amsterdam Documentary 2012; Sundance 2013


The Gatekeepers has collected a shelf full of awards, and an Oscar nomination for Best Documentary, too. Every scroll and statue is deserved. The film, by seasoned cinematographer Dror Moreh, is a feat – of access and of passionate and appropriately unsettling political commentary. I don’t know how Moreh persuaded six former heads of Israel’s Shin Bet secret service agency to talk to him; these are tough men who have never spoken about their work before… But talk they do – calmly, authoritatively – about terrorism, torture, war, compromise, the relationships between Israelis and Palestinians, and, most depressingly, about the relationships among Israelis  in a country being torn apart as much by citizens within as by enemies without. And what they have to say is unnerving, surprising, and vital.” — Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly  

“It is hard to imagine a movie about the Middle East that could be more timely, more painfully urgent, more challenging to conventional wisdom on all sides of the conflict.” — A.O. Scott, NY Times