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Waltz With Bashir

Waltz With Bashir

Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman’s latest is an animated docudrama in which the director and his friends play key roles. One night, in a bar, a friend tells Folman about a recurring dream in which 26 vicious dogs are chasing him. The two decide that the dream is connected to Israel’s war with Lebanon – in which they both served in the 1980s. Eager to find out about his involvement in a conflict of which he has little recollection, Folman seeks out fellow former recruits and sets their animated testimonies to real audio recordings. What follows is a personal and moving study of selective memory, repressed feelings and the folly of war. This compelling film, with its vivid cartoon format and potent techno-rock-classical soundtrack, gives a fresh approach to understanding the massacres that took place in Beirut in 1982. Nothing can prepare you for the shocking coup de théâtre with which the film ends.

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New Internationalist issue 418 magazine cover This article is from the December 2008 issue of New Internationalist.
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