A step-by-step guide to colonial occupation from director Avi Mograbi, using Israel’s 54-year occupation of the Palestinian territories as a case study.
Mograbi’s incisive documentary is based on the testimonies of 38 former Israeli army recruits who have served in the occupied territories since 1967. The witnesses are part of the ‘Breaking the Silence’ project involving thousands of veterans. Through their sobering statements and with archive footage, the film examines the methods that Israel has utilised in its undeclared strategy to permanently appropriate the land. The film takes the form of an ironic lecture on how colonial occupation works with Mograbi (How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Arik Sharon
, SFF 1997) addressing the camera between each segment. This sobering, essential documentary was selected for the Berlinale 2021.