Israel’s occupation of Palestine is a tricky issue to cover fairly in any film but this documentary does a good job of finding a unique perspective on the issue, while also providing some surprising insight.
Director Dror Moreh interviews six former heads of Israel’s domestic secret service agency, the Shin Bet. Through their experiences heading the agency these six men reveal much about the history of the conflict and also some commentary on the effect the occupation has had on the people involved.
The Gatekeepers aptly weaves a humanistic commentary on the occupation into a complicated political narrative while maintaining a narrow enough focus for the film to be accessible.
An insightful, noble attempt to bring this complex issue to the big screen. (AW)
BY ALASTAIR WHARTON