EN - With surprising frankness, six former heads of Shin Bet reflect on their own dealings and the historical and current security policy in their country. With much pain, Avraham Shalom compares the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories to the German occupation of large parts of Europe during the Second World War. Filmmaker Dror Moreh tackles critical questions head-on, revealing fascinating insights into personal principles, career pride and the pragmatic value of fighting terrorism in contemporary politics.

NL - Zes voormalige hoofden van de Israëlische binnenlandse veiligheidsdienst Shin Bet doen voor het eerst een boekje open over de 'war on terror' zoals ze die van binnenuit kennen. Verrassend openhartig reflecteren ze op hun eigen handelen en op het toenmalige en huidige veiligheidsbeleid van Israël. Met zichtbaar ongenoegen vergelijkt Avraham Shalom de bezetting van de Palestijnse gebieden door Israël zelfs met de Duitse bezetting van grote delen van Europa tijdens de Tweede Wereldoorlog. Hun verhalen worden ondersteund door vaak unieke archiefbeelden, die met digitale technieken zijn bewerkt tot een volwaardig onderdeel van de film.

Filmmaker Dror Moreh gaat kritische vragen niet uit de weg, maar geeft tegelijk alle ruimte aan de visie van elk van de geïnterviewden. Het levert fascinerende inzichten op over persoonlijke principes, beroepstrots en de pragmatische waarde van terrorismebestrijding in de huidige politieke realiteit.

FR – Six anciens chefs de la sécurité internationale israélienne Shin Bet nous ouvrent les yeux sur la guerre en Israël. Avec une franchise surprenante, ils reviennent sur leurs propres agissements et sur l’ancienne et actuelle politique de sécurité dans leur pays. Avec beaucoup de souffrance, Avraham Shalom va jusqu’à comparer l’occupation israélienne des territoires palestiniens à  l’occupation allemande des autres territoires européens pendant la Seconde Guerre mondiale.

Info

Title The Gatekeepers
Original title The Gatekeepers
Status Completed
Production Minority Flemish
Category Docs
Year 2012

Credits

Photography Avner Shahaf
Editing Oron Adar
Sound Alex Claude, Amos Zipori, David Gillain
Music Ab Ovo, Jérôme Chassagnard, Régis Baillet

Technical specs

Running time film 96'
Release format DCP
Colour Colour / black & white
Available in 2D

Partners

Main producer Dror Moreh, Estelle Fialon, Philippa Kowarsky
Main production company Dror Moreh Productions, Les Films du Poisson, Cinephil
Supported by CNC, Media, Région Ile-de-France, Procirep, Angoa, The Rabinovich Foundation for the Arts – Cinema Project
Production partners Mac Guff, Wild Heart Productions, Arte France, IBA, NDR, RTBF

Festivals

2012: TIFF - Toronto International Film Festival (CA), New York Film Festival (US), IDFA - International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (NL)

IDFA: Dutch-Flemish gathering to pitch region

Documentary producers from the Dutch-speaking part of Benelux – The Netherlands and Flanders – will be teaming up this Wednesday to pitch the region as an attractive co-production partner. The event marks the first joint outing for the two producers’ associations, DPN (Documentary Producers Netherlands) and Flanders Doc. Among other things, the presentation, which is part of the IDFA Forum, will look at funding opportunities available in both The Netherlands and Flanders.

Still from willemiek Kluijfhout's Mussels in LoveThis year’s IDFA features a number of co-productions with minority Flemish input: The Gatekeepers by Dror Moreh (co-prod: Anna Van der Wee for Wild Heart Productions) in Feature-length Documentaries competition; Mussels In Love by Willemiek Kluijfhout (pictured left) (co-prod: Bram Crols and Mark Daems for Associate Directors); Anton Corbijn Inside Out by Klaartje Quirijns (co-prod: Savage Film); Guerilla Grannies – How To Live In This World by Ike Bertels (co-prod: Ellen De Waele for Serendipity Films); and The Only Son by Simonka de Jong (co-prod: Eric Goossens for Off World).

Published on Monday 19 November 2012

IDFA: Flanders docs out in full force

Five documentaries as well as two projects from Flanders have been selected for this year’s 25th IDFA. The five docs are Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche and Patrick Marnham, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers –The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants by Kristof Bilsen – are also selected for the IDFA Forum.

Fabio Wuytack's ExpectingRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition and follows a ballet production from initial auditions right up to opening night. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film. In Expecting (pictured left), which is selected for the IDFA Panorama, director Fabio Wuytack portrays an Afghan-Kosovan refugee couple as they struggle through their daily lives. The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé and produced by Visualantics is part of the Music Documentary competition and explores the rich, untold story of Belgian dance music.

Published on Friday 16 November 2012

Flanders docs bonanza at 25th IDFA

Five documentaries from Flanders as well as five co-productions are selected for this year's 25th edition of IDFA (14-25 November). The five are: Rain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette, The Sound of Belgium by Jozef Devillé, Expecting by Fabio Wuytack, Snake Dance by Manu Riche, and The Wave by Sarah Vanagt and Katrien Vermeire. Projects from two Flemish documentary makers, The Shadow World by Johan Grimonprez and White Elephants (working title) by Kristof Bilsen, can also be found in the IDFA.

Olivia Rochette & Gerard-Jan Claes's docu RainRain by Gerard-Jan Claes and Olivia Rochette features in the First Appearance competition for first documentaries. On 25 May 2011, the world-renowned Ballet de l’Opéra national de Paris presented Rain, in its first ever performance by Anne Teresa De Keersmaeker. Olivia Rochette and Gerard-Jan Claes followed the rehearsal process from the auditions to the opening performance. Producer is Bart Van Langendonck for Savage Film.

Published on Tuesday 16 October 2012

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Short info

Director Dror Moreh
Producers Anna Van der Wee
Writers
Contact

Wild Heart Productions
Anna Van der Wee
Onze Lieve Vrouw van Vaakstraat 24
1000 Brussels
Belgium
T +32 475 34 63 37
anna@wildheart.be
www.wildheart.be

Sales

Cinephil
18 Levontin st.
Tel Aviv 65112
Israel
T +972 3 5664129
info@cinephil.co.il
www.cinephil.co.il

Website www.thegatekeepersfilm.com
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