Using Documentary as Manipulation: The Dishonesty of ‘The Gatekeepers'
Yaakov Perry Photo: Reuters
By Roz Rothstein and Roberta Seid
February 13, 2013
Dror Moreh’s documentary, The Gatekeepers, could have been a profound film.
Instead, Moreh uses his interviews with six former directors of Israel’s top security services to send a simplistic and deeply partisan political message: If Israel withdraws from the West Bank, terrorism will subside and peace will break out.
To promote this message, the documentary engages in intellectual dishonesty and omits critical context. While most Israelis know the wider context, the average viewer probably does not, and therefore is vulnerable to the filmmaker’s biased version of the facts.
Though the film tries to portray Israel’s antiterrorism policies as counterproductive and cruel, the interviews inadvertently tell a different story. The six directors are well-spoken, deeply thoughtful, and genuinely self-critical.
They exude gravitas as they describe wrestling with the moral quandaries they regularly faced. Continue reading
Sunday, February 24, 2013
Gatekeepers: A Propaganda Film
Aren’t there any wealthy CONSERVATIVE Jews to produce pro-Israel films? Why have we allowed the left to control the narrative? Why can’t conservatives make films and market and promote them? Conservatives need to stop whining about left wing control of the media, arts and entertainment and start producing their own. They won’t win any oscars but who cares as long as they get the message out.