Today, Sunday, June 18, 2023 VFHL Online Film Salonwill focus on the documentary The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation.
What are the circumstances, logic, and day-to-day processes that allow the normalization of the Israeli military occupation?
Almost 3 million Palestinians live under military occupation on land captured by Israel in the ’67 war, plus another 2 million in Gaza. What does “military occupation” mean for people living under it? Witness first-hand testimonies from former IDF soldiers and historical film clips that show the devastating results not only on the occupied Palestinians, but also on Israeli youth conscripted to enforce it. In The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation, Director Avi Mograbi hosts the viewers in his living room and provides insights to how a colonialist occupation works–the logic behind its brutal practices and the different modes of thought needed to sustain it despite international condemnation.
Watch the film for free at your convenience; Join the Q&A Discussion
Avi Mograbi: Israeli filmmaker; Board member, Breaking the Silence
Joel Carmel: Former COGAT officer West Bank; Advocacy Coordinator, Breaking the Silence
Jamal Najjab: Palestinian-American photojournalist and human rights advocate
James Zogby (moderator): Co-founder and president, Arab American Institute
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