Waltz with Bashir

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Shown: January 5, 2010 at 6pm

Director : Ari Folman

Country : Israel

Release Date : 1996

Duration : 90 mins

Language : Hebrew

Subtitles : Yes

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.

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)