Opening Friday...

...perhaps in your neighborhood."The Gatekeepers" is a documentary film reporting the testimony of six former heads of Shin Bet, Israel's internal security agency. The film had a brief December run in New York to qualify for an Oscar nomination, which it won. I saw it at my neighborhood theater with an interested, quiet and respectful audience. I say no more except that the six men represent a rare form of collective courage; you won't find our CIA directors offering comparable accounts of their time in office.Here is Jodi Rudoren's report on "The Gatekeepers" reception in Israel and the U.S. And here is A.O. Scott's review.

Margaret O’Brien Steinfels is a former editor of Commonweal. 

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