Jewish History in Film: Fragmented memories of war in 'Waltz with Bashir'


August 13, 2021

An animated scene from "Waltz with Bashir."

In an interview with David Poland for "DP/30: The Oral History of Hollywood," director Ari Folman expressed that the reactions he received in Israel toward his 2008 adult animated film, "Waltz with Bashir," were the most shocking out of every country he visited. He expected to be accused of being anti-Zionist and his film being written off as just a pile of liberal propaganda. Little did he expect the overwhelming praise from audiences and critics alike. And no one could blame him for his shock, the Sabra and Shatila massacre has long been a sensitive topic in Israeli, Palestinian, and Lebanes...

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