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HSS Film Screening - Filmhouse - The Gate Keepers

Dror Moreh Israel/France/Germany/Belgium 2012
Documentry - Rated 15 -101 minutes Contains images of real dead bodies

English and Hebrew with English subtitles

  • The acclaimed new documentary about Israel Secret Service

The Gatekeepers tells the story of the Shin Bet, perhaps the most active and certainly the most secretive of Israel’s security forces, and it tells it from the perspectives of its leaders who, more than anyone, received the trust of the country’s political elites. In a series of candid interviews, six former heads of the Shin Bet talk openly about the major events that marked their tenures, and muse about the morality of torture and terrorism, arrests and assassinations. The citizens they swore to protect may have been safer as a result of their actions, but was the country any closer to peace? In a style reminiscent ofThe Fog of War, their confessions are illustrated with archival footage and chilling computer animations based on photographs taken at the events. These offer a window into the moral dilemmas they faced as they unfolded. The audience is left pondering whether they or their governments would have responded any differently If Israel lies at the heart of the global War on Terror, the Gatekeepers’ confessions challenge the conventional wisdom of how that war should be waged, whether in Gaza or Guantanamo, Palestine or Pakistan. Theirs is the ultimate cautionary tale of what happens to people and nations alike when they try to answer violence with violence.

After the 6.00pm screening on Tuesday 30 April there will be an open discussion on the issues raised by the film, led by a representative of the Humanist Society of Scotland. Humanism is an ethical stance which asserts that we can lead good lives guided by compassion and reason, rather than religion or superstition. Humanists are vitally concerned with issues that affect our world.


Buy your own ticket and see you after the film.

Book online or call the booking line:[masked] 2688.


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  • Amad

    Sorry guys, I can't make it. Hope to meet next meet-up

    April 30, 2013

    • Amad

      but unfortunately, sometime it doesn't work.

      1 · May 1, 2013

    • Andrew

      In the film it was said "politicians want binary choices". we need to set up our lives in a similar way that we make the choice to do the things we really want to.

      May 1, 2013

  • Andrew

    Excellent film

    May 1, 2013

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