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Echoes of the past

The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation Avi Mograbi

In his latest film, Israeli filmmaker Avi Mograbi breaks down the mechanics behind the Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of Gaza and the West Bank in the form of a manual. The filmmaker, often known for being critical about his country’s politics, here decides to take the role of a Machiavellian expert whose purpose is to instruct and guide audiences to understand the logic and the motivation behind the occupation. The themes are heavy, and the tone both bitter and ironic. The testimonies delivered by Israeli veteran soldiers, who are part of the controversial organization Breaking the Silence, are intertwined with archival footage showing punitive methods administered on Palestinian civilians. Didactic in approach, Mograbi’s lessons which are carried out in English, are there to create a framework and to give meaning to the testimonies delivered by the ex-soldiers. (Programming Collective)

The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

  • Country : France, Germany, Israel, Finland
  • Year : 2021
  • V.O : Hebrew, English
  • Subtitles : English
  • Duration : 110 MIN
  • Cinematography : Philippe Bellaïche
  • Cinematography : Tulik Gallon
  • Editing : Avi Mograbi
  • Production : Serge Lalou
  • Production : Camille Laemlé
  • Production : Annie Ohayon-Dekel
  • Sound Design : Joonas Jyrälä
  • Sound Design : Dominique Vieillard
Filmography of Avi Mograbi :

Comment j'ai appris à surmonter ma peur et à aimer Ariel (Arik) Sharon (1996)
Happy Birthday Mr Mograbi (1999)
Août, avant l'explosion (2001)
Z32 (2008)
Dans un jardin je suis entré (2012)
Entre les frontières (2016)

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