The Latest: Waltz with Bashir

By Todd Hasak-Lowy

Association for Jewish Studies (AJS), Spring 2010

This piece reviews Ari Folman's 2008 animated documentary "Waltz with Bashir", which explores the director's own personal experience and memory of the First Lebanon War. The experience of witnessing as the movie stages it, forces the viewer to experience the movie's emotional moments which includes the shock of encountering the atrocity of the war. The piece questions how Israelis figure into the history of the event with Palestinians being the victims and the victimizers being the Phalangists. The piece concludes by asserting that although this movie recreates the experience of the director in a masterful and creative way, it reinforces the dominant Israeli narrative of a collective memory that focuses on relative passivity.

Topic: Movies, History, Film, War, Communal Memory

Name of Publication: AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies

Editor: Bunzl, Matti , Havrelock, Rachel

Volume/Issue: Spring 2010

Page Number(s): 36-37

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Genre: Article

Coverage: Israel

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Hasak-Lowy, Todd. The Latest: Waltz with Bashir. AJS Perspectives: The Magazine of the Association for Jewish Studies. Association for Jewish Studies (AJS). Spring 2010: 36-37. http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=5611


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