Documentary Recommendation: Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir)

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Produced: Ari Folman, Serge Lalou, Verona Meier, Gerhard Meixner, Yael Nahlieli, and  Roman Paul

Directed: Ari Folman

Written: Ari Folman

Cast: Ari Folman, Ori Sivan, Ronny Dayag, Shmuel Frenkel, Zahava Solomon, Ron Ben-Yishai, Dror Harazi, Mikey Leon, and Yehezkel Lazarov

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Waltz with Bashir (Vals Im Bashir) is unlike the traditional animation.  It is also a documentary with the focus of war.  It was released in very limited theaters in 2008.  Five to be exact.  Therefore, I saw it when it came out on DVD.  This documentary is highly engaging.  The story seeks to uncover the reasons why the protagonist, Ari Folman, is having nightmares long after 1982 has passed when he served in the IDF.  He finds his answers through speaking to those around him during the first Lebanon War in the 1980s, and not necessarily soldiers.  Ari’s desire to fill in the blank spots during this time is to give him resolution, and to confront what he might have done during this fragile time.

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The first time an animated film was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film Oscar.

It won the Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

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