TELLURIDE, Colo. -- This mountain resort is literally half a world away from the
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Desperate to understand how and why his wife came to lead a double life, Amin travels to Nablus, a Palestinian city in the West Bank where Siham has become an instant martyr. "No child is completely safe if he has no country," Amin is told of his wife's motives. As he meets with clerics who may have shaped his wife's militancy, the doctor's own consideration of the conflict is left in tatters. How did a woman who couldn't hurt a fly turn into a "fundamentalist monster," he asks at one point. The answers are all around, the movie suggests, but only to those who want to look deeply enough to see them.
“The Gatekeepers” isn’t nearly as subtle. The documentary, which made its North American premiere at Telluride and is directed by Dror Moreh, is based on interviews with six former leaders of Shin Bet,
But the techniques aren't the film's focus; it's their ethical price, and the question of whether peace can be created through violence. "In the war against terror," one of the Shin Bet heads says, "forget about morality." But the former intelligence chiefs haven't actually done that at all. In their interviews, they all either renounce or deeply question not only their own deeds but Israel's larger actions, including the occupations and settlements. "When you retire," one of them says, "you become a bit of a leftist."
At the end of the movie, one of the former leaders of the organization even compares the country’s conduct toward Palestinians with the Germans' treatment of Poles, Belgians, Czechs and the Dutch during