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3 out of 4 stars

The Gatekeepers
Directed by
Dror Moreh
English, Hebrew

Six former heads of the Israeli intelligence agency, Shin Bet, talk with surprising candour about how the 45 years since the Six-Day War, which left Israel in control of a million Palestinians, has changed and undermined their country's political process. Along with some braggadocio about their accomplishments, all of these hard-nosed characters are plagued by doubts about the usefulness or morality of brutal interrogations, targeted assassinations and tit-for-tat strikes against Palestinian targets. Of particular interest is the discussion of the dangers of the Israeli religious far-right and the shattered promise of assassinated leader Yitzhak Rabin. Though interviewed separately, their message forms a consensus: The current brutal impasse is immoral and risks destroying Israel from within.

Sept. 7, 3 p.m., Bloor Hot Docs Cinema; Sept. 9, 1 p.m., TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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