The First 54 Years - An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation (2021)
France, Finland, Israel, Germany
The Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian territories has lasted 54 years. How is it possible to describe a conflict which is seemingly without end? From his living room, Avi Mograbi adopts the role of classroom teacher, providing insights into the functioning of a colonialist occupation and the shifting, sometimes self-contradictory modes of thought needed to sustain it. Working from material provided by ‘Breaking the Silence’ – an organisation through which veteran soldiers from the Israeli army expose the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories – alongside archive footage from varying sources, such as TV news broadcasts and amateur Palestinian video, Mograbi uses Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip as a case study, mapping out a ‘Manual for Military Occupation’.
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