Screening: The Gatekeepers

Film screening and discussion.

Thu, April 3, 2014 | CLA 1.302B

6:00 PM

Screening: The Gatekeepers

Dror Moreh's 2012 documentary, The Gatekeepers, takes a candid look at the famously secretive Israel Security Service (Shin Bet) through interviews with six of its former heads. Avraham Shalom, Yaakov Peri, Carmi Gillon, Ami Ayalon, Avi Dichter, and Yuval Diskin provide insight into some of Israel's most notable incidents of the last forty years, including the assassination of Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, the Bus 300 affair, and the Second Intifada. Nominated for an Academy Award and an Israel Film Academy Award, the feature met wide critical acclaim and was lauded as one of the year's best documentaries. View the trailer here.

Following our screening, Dr. Ami Pedahzur, head of SCJS's Israel Studies Collaborative, and Dr. Mocha Jean Herrup of Austin Community College's Peace & Conflict Studies program will discuss the film. This event is free and open to the public.

Praise for The Gatekeepers

“A documentary potent enough to alter how you see the world…To call the blisteringly candid results eye-opening is not even to scratch the surface…Riveting from beginning to end… The autobiography of a country, if you will, told by ultimate insiders.”
— Kenneth Turan, The Los Angeles Times

“Mr. Moreh's 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…. 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.”
— A.O. Scott, The New York Times

“With this [Top Ten] pick I'm breaking a self-imposed rule about excluding films that are up for an Oscar, by virtue of a brief qualifying run, but haven't yet gone into commercial release. No matter. Rules go out the window when it comes to something as momentous as Dror Moreh's documentary, which brings together all the surviving directors of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency. What these tough and tough-minded men have to say about Israeli politicians, and the nation's current stance vis à vis its enemies, is stunning and edifying in equal measure.”
— Joe Morgenstern, The Wall Street Journal

 “One Of The Best Films Of The Year”

  • New York Magazine, David Edelstein
  • National Public Radio, Bob Mondello
  • New Yorker, David Denby
  • Wall Street Journal, Joe Morgenstern
  • The Los Angeles Times, Kenneth Turan
  • Entertainment Weekly, Lisa Schwarzbaum
  • The New York Times Manohla Dargis
  • Christian Science Monitor, Peter Rainer
  • The Hollywood Reporter, Todd McCarthy


Sponsored by: The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies at Austin Community College, the Austin Jewish Film Festival

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