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The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Directed by Avi Mograbi, 2021 France, Finland, Israel, Germany 110 minutes
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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.

After renting, the film will be available in your account to watch at any time during the Festival viewing window; from 12th November, 12 PM – 21st November, 11.59 PM.

Program Strand
International Documentaries,
Unclassified 15+
In English, French, German and Hebrew with English subtitles
Avi Mograbi,
Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Annie Ohayon-Dekel,
Philippe Bellaïche, Tulik Gallon,
Religion & Belief, Politics & Economics, Middle East, Human Rights, Documentary,
Company Credits
Sales Agent: The Party Film Sales,