DJ Phatrick

Waltz With Bashir (Ari Folman, 2008)
January 19, 2009, 9:33 pm
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On Friday, I went to watch Waltz With Bashir. It documents Jewish director, Ari Folman’s, true journey in trying to recapture the memories of his involvement as an IDF (Israel Defense Force) soldier in the Israel’s invasion of Lebanon in the early 80s. He does this through interviews with fellow soldiers, journalists, and friends, which some appear as actual audio in the movie, providing the storyline to the beautifully animated docudrama. It ends with the sobering realization of the extent of his involvement in the Sabra and Shatila massacre which the IDF had a hand in.

You must see this film now. Like MILK, the release and screening of the film has perfect timing. Now that the press and humanitarian relief workers have the opportunity to enter Gaza due to the “ceasefire,” the true extent of the damage caused by the IDF, both in human and infrastructure costs, is being revealed. Alot of the stories emerging of deliberate civilian targeting by IDF soldiers and tanks parallel the atrocities witnessed by Ari Folman as a young IDF soldier. Atrocities which his subconscious wiped from its memory in order to stay sane.


For a more comprehensive review, read Scariaga’s account of the movie HERE


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Why do you say that Milk had perfect timing? It screened in the Castro on Oct 28 and had limited release on Nov 26th. Wouldn’t a pre-election release have been better timing?

Comment by capski

mmmm, you’re right, the timing could be MORE perfect. But I don’t think the movie would have changed Yes on Prop 8 supporters’ minds…

Comment by djphatrick

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