2021, Sun, Jul 25

The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

D: Avi Mograbi, France / Finland / Israel / Germany 2021, 110 min | Showing first: I Only Wish that I Could Weep, 10 Min

The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation (film still)

The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation (film still)

The First 54 Years – An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

For 54 years, millions of Palestinians have lived in the occupied territories under Israeli military rule. Avi Mograbi delves into this history in the form of a military occupation manual. The contributions of Avi Mograbi who like a sarcastic teacher narrates the various strategies of the occupation, alternate with the tales of the repentant soldiers, recounting in an almost technical manner the methods and practices of daily operations, part of the routine of occupation. However, as the film unfolds, a visceral anger sets in and swells, fuelled by sorrow, and with it, undoubtedly, a broader reflection on humanity. (Emilie Bujès/Visions Du Réel)

Showing first:

I Only Wish I Could Weep

D: Lebanon/USA 1997/2002 Walid Raad / The Atlas Group 7 min
A fictional document drawn from an imaginary archive: The video consists of the found footage material of a secret agent meant to watch suspicious characters on the beach promenade of Beirut. But he neglects his duties because of the breathtaking sundown at sea, an image he has never seen before as a citizen of East Beirut.