Final Day - Thursday, April 18

THE GATEKEEPERS

  • 3:15 5:50

$7 Member   $12.50 Regular

WRITTEN AND DIRECTED BY DROR MOREH

Note: The first show on Sunday, March 31 will start at 1:20.

THE GATEKEEPERS, a new documentary by the Israeli director Dror Moreh, consists of interviews with six men…all surviving former heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli security agency whose activities and membership are closely held state secrets. THE GATEKEEPERS is in part a history of post-’67 Israel, in which familiar events are revisited from an unusual and fascinating perspective… What is most astonishing about the interviews…is how candid and critical these six spymasters are, inflecting their stories with pointed, sometimes devastating assessments of the failings of successive governments… They are hardly doves or bleeding hearts. And their shared professional ethos of ruthless, unsentimental pragmatism is precisely what gives such force to their worries about the current state of Israeli politics… (The film) is guaranteed to trouble any one, left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainty in his or her own opinions.” — A.O. Scott, The New York Times

Presented with support from the Joan S. Constantiner Fund for Jewish and Holocaust Film.

ISRAEL / FRANCE / GERMANY / BELGIUM • 2012 • 97 MINS.
IN HEBREW WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES • SONY PICTURES CLASSICS

REVIEWS

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“The journey through the eyes of this clandestine branch is riveting.”
– New York Magazine

“(An) amazing, upsetting film… 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. THE GATEKEEPERS is in part a history of post-’67 Israel, in which familiar events are revisited from an unusual and fascinating perspective… What is most astonishing bout the interviews… is how candid and critical these six spymasters are, inflicting stories with pointed, sometimes devastating assessments of the failings of successive governments… And their shared professional ethos of ruthless, unsentimental pragmatism is precisely what gives such force to their worries about the current state of Israeli politics… The audience is absorbing a collective history but also coming to know a collection of complicated, thoughtful human beings, who are willing to share not only their war stories, but also their doubts, qualms and conflicted emotions… The resulting film is inevitably partial… but also eminently, even thrillingly fair-minded. It is guaranteed to trouble any one , left, right, center or head in the sand, with confidence or certainty in his or her own opinions… what you will find is rare, welcome and almost unbearable clarity,”
– A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“Breathtaking candor. Chilling prescience.”
– Farran Smith Nehme, New York Post

“Fascinating.”
– Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News

“(A) remarkable film. Both honest and saddening. The shocker is how outspoken they all are – at least by American standards. (The movie is yet another proof that discussion of Israel’s behavior is much freer in Israel than it is here.)”
– David Denby, The New Yorker online

Trailer

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