Avi Mograbi has been fiercely dedicated to examining the politics of oppression and authoritarianism in his film career. Screening at DIFF 2021, The First 54 Years: An Abbreviated Manual for Military Occupation is a subtly powerful observation of the Israeli occupation in action, as it documents the 54-year-old seizure of the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip—via the revealing testimonies of Israeli soldiers. Mograbi discusses his work with Tenzin (Tendor) Dorjee, a Tibetan scholar who is similarly engaged with the intersection of religion, politics and nonviolent resistance in the context of Tibet and China. Together, they consider the culturally universal and differential aspects of oppression, and how film unpacks the playbook of tactics employed by oppressors in enacting control.
Available for the extension of the festival, until Sunday 14 November.
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