Remarkable documentary that interviews past and present heads of Shin Bet, the Israeli intelligence agency, who discuss the once undiscussable Israel-Palestine conflict.

The Gatekeepers (שומרי הסף : Shomrei HaSaf) is a 2012 documentary film by director Dror Moreh that tells the story of the Israeli internal security service, Shin Bet (known in Hebrew as ‘Shabak’), from the perspective of the men in charge of the organisation.

For the first time ever the six former heads of the agency agreed to be interviewed. They share their insights on the conflict, and reflect publicly on their actions and decisions, beginning with elder statesman Avraham Shalom (mastermind of the 1960 Adolf Eichmann grab) right the way through to most recent chief Yuval Diskin.

We learn that the head of the Shin Bet is present for every decision made concerning the war on terror, both Palestinian and Jewish.

The film combines in-depth interviews, archival footage, and computer animation to recount the role that the group played in Israel’s security, from the Six-Day War to the present day.

The film focuses on Israel’s behaviour as an occupying power, the treatment of the Palestinians and joins the growing list of recent films that cast a critical eye over a subject that was once deemed too thorny to question.

The Gatekeepers received positive receives from critics. The film was nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the 85th Academy Awards.

Watch the official trailer for The Gatekeepers HERE: