In THE GATEKEEPERS, I go to the heads of the Shin Bet, the people with the power to shape history
from behind the scenes. Living in the shadows, they have never spoken about their work in front
of a camera before.
The idea to do this movie came to me while I was working on my previous film, Sharon. From
my discussions with the prime minister's innermost circle of advisors, I learned how the critique
of some of these Gatekeepers influenced Sharon's decision to disengage from Gaza.
I went to each of the Gatekeepers and asked them to tell me their life stories. I wanted them to
share their unique perspective on the Arab-Israeli conflict. I was startled, but also thrilled, when
they agreed. This gave me an unprecedented, intimate opportunity to enter the inner sanctum of
the people who have steered Israel's decision-making process for almost half a century.
The Gatekeepers were generous with their time and information. Some were better storytellers
than others, but they each had a story to tell in their own distinct voices. They were there at all
the most important junctions in the history of the State of Israel since the Six Day War.
Day after day, while interviewing them, I found myself staring in disbelief at these anonymous
soldiers. Their stories and testimonies were often overwhelming. I couldn't help but ask asking
myself how far I would have gone if confronted with the same life-or-death dilemmas that they
dealt with on a day-to-day basis. I still do.
No one understands the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians better than these six men.
When they speak, leaders listen. Perhaps the time has come for the Gatekeepers to address the
people at large, and not just the inner circles of decision-makers.
I hope this film initiates that dialogue.
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