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Image of movie The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
Image of movie The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
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The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Avi Mograbi
France, Finland, Israel, Germany 2021
110min
OV w/ EN subtitles
V'21

In a somewhat anonymous living room, a so-called professor played by Avi Mograbi himself gives a lecture on the long term strategy used by Israel in its now 54-year occupation of Palestine. With the cold distance expected by his status, the teacher explains the military and political thinking behind one of the longest military occupations in history.
Veterans of the Israeli army testify before the camera about their missions to provide painful evidence of his theories, while footage of the abuses toward the civil population haunt the screen and our consciences.
Avi Mograbi is the director who has perhaps investigated and denounced the consequences of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and the Gaza most. His work speaks clearly to cinema’s capacity to give meaning to images otherwise muted and banalized by the machine of information. His presence on the screen, which is, as usual in his films, far from anecdotal, gives a strong statement on his artistic engagement.
The contrast between the cynicism and sarcasm shown by Mograbi’s character and the shocking violence of the footage will oblige even the most informed spectator to rethink their understanding of the conflict. (Rebecca Depas)

In the presence of Avi Mograbi.

Avi Mograbi: DEPORTATION (1989, K), THE RECONSTRUCTION (THE DANNY KATZ MURDER CASE) (1994), HOW I LEARNED TO OVERCOME MY FEAR AND LOVE ARIK SHARON (1996), HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. MOGRABI (1999), AUGUST (2002), WAIT, IT’S THE SOLDIERS, I’LL HANG UP NOW (2002), DETAIL (2004, K), AVENGE BUT ONE OF MY TWO EYES (2005), Z32 (2008), ONCE I ENTERED A GARDEN (2012), BETWEEN FENCES (2016)

Credits
  • Avi Mograbi
  • Zvi Barel
  • Shlomo Gazit
  • Avi Mograbi
  • Avi Mograbi
  • Philippe Bellaïche
  • Tulik Gallon
  • Avi Mograbi
Les Films d’Ici, 24 Images, Citizen Jane Productions, Avi Mograbi, Ma.ja.de productions

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