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.
Dror Moreh began his career as a director of photography and became one of Israel’s leading cinematographers. He shot a number of feature films, including:
- Urban Feel (Berlin official competition, 1998).
- Desperado Square (Winner of the Best Film Award at the Montpelier Film Festival).
Moreh began working as fulltime director several years ago. In addition to The Gatekeepers, his projects include:
- The Rose: A 6-part documentary series about the murder of a young girl.
- To Be Mayumana: A documentary film portraying an Israeli dance group heading to New York for their world premiere.
- Under Cover: A 4-part docudrama about undercover police officers.
- Sharon: A feature-length documentary about the reasons why Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, considered the “Father of Israeli settlements in the Occupied Territories,” agreed to implement the Gaza Disengagement Plan. The film was selected for the official Panorama program at the 58th Berlin Film Festival.
- Occupational Hazard: A documentary film portraying an Israeli journalist’s journey into Iraq during the Second Gulf War.
Interview with Dror Moreh from AFCI’s Beyond Cinema Studio at Toronto International Film Festival, Oct. 2012.
NPR Interview Highlights – Feb. 28, 2013