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Aro Recommended Waltz With Bashir

 

aka: Vals Im Bashir
Israel 2008, 90 minutes
Dir. Ari Folman
In Hebrew, German, Arabic with English subtitles
Genres: Documentary, Drama / Animation, War

Topics: Indigenous & Minority Cultures, Politics.

 

Aroview: This striking hybrid animation is an audacious attempt to recall, through anecdote, dream, and documentary, the 1982 Israeli-Lebanon war.

The film's Israeli director fought in the conflict and takes a meta-filmic approach, tracing his own avatar's attempt to reconstruct the violent past. However, the filmmaker's memory of the war is as pocked and cratered as the landscape. He seeks to repair the damage by interviewing comrades and war correspondents, to understand his amnesia through experts and confidantes, many of whom voice their animated characters themselves.

The film begins with dream and ends with 'real' footage, encompassing fantasy and fabulation, interview, documentary and even music video to offer an elliptic and patch-worked construction that reflects the relations between truth, trauma, and memory.

NZ International Film Festival 2008

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