Balkan Dox

The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Israel, France, Finland, Germany
2021 — 110 min / Colour and B&W



“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.

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Directors' Biography

Israeli filmmaker and video artist Avi Mograbi was born in 1956 in Tel Aviv, where he lives and works to this day. Having studied art and philosophy, he gained his first production experiences working as an assistant director on commercials and feature films, while his own filmmaking career began in 1989. Since 1999, he has taught documentary and experimental film at Tel Aviv University and the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem.

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Avi Mograbi


Camille Laemlé

Serge Lalou

Annie Ohayon-Dekel

Screenings & Awards

Berlinale, Germany, 2021

Visions du Réel , Switzerland, 2021

Sheffield Doc/Fest, United Kingdom, 2021