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Jennifer Merin

The Berlin Film Festival Honors 'The Gatekeepers'

By February 11, 2013

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The Berlin International Film Festival presented the coveted Cinema for Peace award for Best Documentary to The Gatekeepers.

The award is given by the Cinema for Peace Foundation, which promotes film as a medium for social change related to humanitarian issues including inequality and human right violations. The Dalai Lama chaired this year's panel of judges.

Directed by Dror Moreh, The Gatekeepers" presents candid interviews with six former Shin Bet directors, each of whom reveals the difficulties, dilemmas and conflicts of interest they faced while heading up Israel's internal security agency.

Two other Israeli documentaries -- Emad Burnat and Guy Davidi's 5 Broken Cameras and Ra'anan Alexandorwicz's The Law in These Parts -- were also considered for the award, along with Searching for Sugar Man and "How to Survive a Plague.

All of these titles except The Law in These Parts are nominees for the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary.

(PHOTO: Close ups of former Shin Bet chiefs seen in 'The Gatekeepers.' Courtesy Sony Pictures Classics.)

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