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Waltz with Bashir

7 Feb

Waltz with Bashir

I don’t know how to begin. This film is powerful. It’s devastating. Great, but devastating. It has filled my head with thoughts of war: senseless fear, violence, suffering.  There’s no room left for ideas of an effective introduction. I’m going to be lazy and go on without one.

Waltz with Bashir is a film by Israeli writer, director, and producer Ari Folman. Before he started his career in film, he was a 19-year-old soldier fighting in the Lebanon War of 1982. In the winter of 2006, his friend, another former soldier, told him of a recurring nightmare he kept having, which was tied to his memories of the war. Soon after, Ari himself started having his own dream, a flashback to the Sabra and Shatila massacre of West Beirut. Seeking to make sense of this dream, he met with his lawyer friend, who explained to him that his flashback may or may not have been real. He advised Ari to find others who were in the war in order to recover his lost memories. Taking his friend’s advice, Ari found and conducted interviews with several of his partners from the war, as well as a psychologist who helped him to understand why his memories were lost and a journalist who was in Beirut at the time of the massacre. Ari pieced those interviews and his own recovered memories together to make this film.

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