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Avi Mograbi

The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Official Selection 110' - 2021 - Documentary - Dialogue: Hebrew, English - Format: DCP
Director: Avi Mograbi With: Avi Mograbi, Zvi Barel, Shlomo Gazit
Director Avi Mograbi hosts the viewers in his living room and provides insights to how a colonialist occupation works, the logic behind the practices that it produces and the different modes of thought needed to be applied at different situations in order to maintain it.
Thu 14 Oct
11:45
Kinepolis 5
Subtitles: Dutch - English
Fri 15 Oct
19:30
Sphinx 3
Subtitles: English
Special guest
Mon 18 Oct
22:30
Kinepolis 4
Subtitles: Dutch - English
Thu 21 Oct
17:30
Sphinx 1
Subtitles: English
“Military occupation” is an abstract term, open to mistaken interpretation. What does “occupation” imply? What does it mean for people living under occupation? What means must be employed so that occupation can be implemented? This film instills meaning in the term “occupation” in the form of a “manual for military occupation” derived from the testimonies of those people who implemented it in practice. Director Avi Mograbi hosts the viewers in his living room and provides insights to how a colonialist occupation works, the logic behind the practices that it produces and the different modes of thought needed to be applied at different situations in order to maintain it. In his presentation Mograbi is using the 54-year Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a case study. The occupation as we see it is like a creature with an infinite number of heads. Each head is a good person, who served in the Israeli army and was stationed in the Occupied Territories, where he completed the missions imposed on him, and ultimately believed that he was taking part in fulfilling Israel’s conception of security. Almost every Jewish Israeli served in the army and played a part, whether directly or indirectly, in the day-to-day maintenance of the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza Strip. There have been many generations of laborers who did the dirty work, who learned the trade and passed it on to one another, from father to son, so that the next generation would know how to grease the cogs of military control. A miniscule group of them appears in this film and breaks down this service into daily activities. These are testimonies and not opinions. The witnesses in this film do not describe their thoughts or positions concerning what they did. They simply talk about what they did and about the actions that they were required to participate in, so that the occupation could exist then and continue to exist into the future. Not one of these activities is essential to the persistence of the occupation, but together, they constitute the occupation’s very essence.
"Sobering, essential documentary focuses on the testimony of Israeli men in Gaza and the West Bank. (...) Stylistically, Mograbi's new film could be said to reach a degree zero of documentary. But his approach is not just to convey information but to challenge us to think about it. " - Screen Daily



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Credits

Director

Avi Mograbi

With

Avi Mograbi, Zvi Barel, Shlomo Gazit

Scenario

Avi Mograbi

Director of Photography

Philippe Bellaiche, Tulik Galon

Producer

Serge Lalou, Camille Laemle, Annie Ohayon-Dekel

Production studios

Les Films D'ici

More information

Dialogue

Hebrew, English

Subtitles

English, Dutch - English

Countries of production

Finland, Germany, France, Israel

Year

2021

Filmography

Avi Mograbi
Deportation (1989), The Reconstruction (1994), How I Learned to Overcome My Fear and Love Ariel Sharon (1997), Happy Birthday M. Mograbi (1999), August: A Moment Before the Eruption (2002), Detail (short, 2004), Avenge But One of My Two Eyes (2005), Z32 (2008), Once I Entered a Garden (2012), Between Fences (2016)

Technical Specs

Format
DCP

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