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Waltz with Bashir
 
 
Directed by Ari Folman, Israel 1996
90 mins. Hebrew dialogue with English sub-titles
 
Summary:
 
As a 19-year-old infantry soldier in the 1982 war with Lebanon, Israeli filmmaker Ari Folman witnessed the Sabra and Shatila massacre, but realises that he has no memory of the event.  In 2006, he seeks out others who were in Beirut at the time to discuss their memories, including a psychologist specializing in post-traumatic stress disorders and the first journalist to cover the massacre.  The entire film is animated, excluding one short segment of news archive footage.  The film is officially banned in Lebanon.
 
What the Critics say:
 
"A wholly innovative, original, and vital history lesson, with pioneering animation, 'Waltz With Bashir' delivers its message about the Middle East in a mesmerizing fashion."  (Rotten Tomatoes website)

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