The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

  • France
  • Germany
  • Finland
  • Israel
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What is the meaning of military occupation? Through the testimonies of the soldiers who implemented it, director Avi Mograbi provides insights on how a colonialist occupation works and the logic at work behind those practices. Using the 54-year Israeli occupation of the Palestinian territories of the West Bank and Gaza Strip the director draws us a “Manual for Military Occupation”.


  • Original Title
    The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation
  • Direction
  • Cinematography
    Philippe Bellaiche, Tulik Gallon
  • Editing
    Avi Mograbi
  • Sound
    Joonas Jyrälä, Dominique Vieillard
  • Runtime
    110 min (91+ min.)
  • Year
  • Country
    • France
    • Germany
    • Finland
    • Israel
  • Format
    • Colour
  • Distribution
  • Festivals
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