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SPC Takes Rights to Israel Secret Service Documentary 'The Gatekeepers'

by Sophia Savage
July 30, 2012 4:28 PM
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Shin Bet chiefs Yuval Diskin (left) and Avi Dichter
Shin Bet chiefs Yuval Diskin (left) and Avi Dichter, in 2005. - via Times of Israel

Sony Pictures Classics has acquired Dror Moreh's documentary "The Gatekeepers" for North American distribution, following its premiere at the Jerusalem International Film Festival.

In the film, Moreh interviews six former heads of Israel's Shin Betadds. Morah states:

"This gave me a unique and intimate opportunity to enter the inner sanctum of Israel’s security decision-makers for almost half a century. Numerous times during the making of this film, I found myself overwhelmed by their stories and testimonies. I kept asking myself how far I would have gone when confronting the same life or death dilemmas. I still do.”

The Times of Israel calls the film "Provocative and bleak."

Check out the synopsis below:

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 failed to transform its crushing military victory into a lasting peace. Throughout that entire period, these heads of the Shin Bet stood at the center 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.

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