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Waltz with Bashir (2009)

March 23, 2009

An Academy Award nominee, and the winner of numerous Israeli and international prizes, this is a mostly animated film that had Israel in its grip for some time.  It addresses the long term memory of soldiers who fought in the first Lebanon War and are still dealing with the pain of the Sabra and Shatila massacres, for which Israel felt at least partially responsible.  A masterful work of art.  Watch it, and you’ll understand why many Israelis wondered whether it wasn’t actually fortunate that it didn’t win.  Is this a movie that we have to receive even more international attention, Israelis wondered.  See what you think.

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