Masters of Dox

The First 54 Years. An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Avi Mograbi
Screening time  
18.06. / Friday, 18:00 - 20:00 Ticket

With Israel’s occupation of the Palestinian territories in the West Bank and Gaza as a case study, you are invited to a deeply ironic course on how to occupy a country over a period of more than five decades. An instruction manual from the perspective of the dominant force, but staged by Avi Mograbi, who with Socratic irony inaugurates us in the modern history of his country, supplemented by testimonies of a systematic assault on the civilian population told by former soldiers. The satire is coarse and the humour pitch-black in a hyperbolic film for both beginners and seasoned followers of the bitter and endless conflict, presented like never before: as a militant-strategic briefing on the violation of human rights.


Avi Mograbi

Avi Mograbi, born in 1956 in Tel Aviv, is film director whose projects, regularly centered on the conflict between Israel and Palestine, examine how violence impacts the individual. Mograbi frequently appears in his films, taking the position of both director and concerned citizen in seeking to understand what he witnesses. He studied art and philosophy and has made more than twenty films since 1989, Filmography: Between Fences (2016), Once I entered a garden (2012), Z32 (2008), Avenge but one of my two eyes (2005), August (2002), Happy Birthday Mr. Mograbi (1999), How I learned to overcome my fear and love Arik Sharon (1997), The Reconstruction (1994).

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Les 54 premières années – Manuel abrégé d’occupation militaire

Finland, France, Germany, Israel
2021, 110'

Directed by:
Avi Mograbi

Screenplay by:
Avi Mograbi

Philippe Bellaiche, Tulik Gallon

Edited by:
Avi Mograbi

Serge Lalou, Camille Laemlé, Annie Ohayon Dekel

Produced by:
Les Films d'Ici, 24images

Festivals & Awards:

Visions du Réel 2021
Berlin International Film Festival 2021
CPH:DOX 2021
IDFA Forum 2020


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