53 Years

The First 54 Years – an Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation


Avi Mograbi

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”.

Festivals & Awards

Berlinale Forum 2021 – Special Mention

Visions du Réel 2021 – International Competition

Yamagata International Documentary FF 2021 – Special Jury Prize

Censurados FF 2022 – Tijera for Best Censored Film

Gijon IFF 2021 – Distribution Award



Makna PR - Chloé Lorenzi & Audrey Grimaud

The film is an essential explanation of Israeli objectives and the systematic subjugation of a people, deserving international attention.


Original title: The First 54 Years - an Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation

Production: Les Films d'Ici - 24images - Citizen Jane Productions - Avi Mograbi Production

Nationality: France - Finland - Israël - Germany

Year of production: 2021

Running time: 2X52’ & 110’

Language: Hebrew


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The First 54 Years - Avi Mograbi

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