Israeli filmmaker Dror Moreh persuaded six different chiefs of Israel’s domestic secret police, Shin Bet, to sit and be interviewed for his eye-opening documentary “The Gatekeepers.” It’s a film that takes the long view of Israeli-Palestinian history, but not the ancient view.
Whatever age-old enmities exist between the Jewish state and the Arabs it displaces, the film focuses on the 45 years since the Six Day War, the policies of tit for tat killings, terrorist bombings, reprisals and intrusive settlements and gets at the reasons neither side can make any headway making peace with the other.
It’s shockingly even-handed.
Moreh is up for the Oscar, and I figure he’s the underdog in that best documentary field — “Searching for Sugar Man” is probably the favorite.
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