Saturday, February 14, 2009

Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir," Part 2

WALTZ WITH BASHIR: A Lebanon War Story by Ari Folman and David Polonsky. Copyright: 2009 by Ari Folman / Bridgit Folman Films Gang. Published by arrangement with Metropolitan Books, an Imprint of Henry Holt and Company, LLC. All rights reserved.

I recently posted Part 1 of the new graphic novel "Waltz With Bashir," based on the outstanding animated film by Israeli director Ari Folman. I also posted a review of the film, which drew upon the director's repressed memories of Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. In the excerpt above, Folman draws closer to the source of his repression: the massacre of Palestinians in the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps by Israel's Christian Phalangist militia allies.

Perhaps the most meaningful commentary on the film came from Lokman Slim, activist with the Lebanese UMAM organization, which screens movies related to the country's violent history:

"It's one of the greatest films I've ever seen. I feel jealous that those we should consider our enemies have the courage to revisit events in which they were involved, while we Lebanese are in an endless silence regarding our history."

In order to show the film in Beirut, where it is banned, the organization had to obtain it privately and hold a select showing. You won't have to go to such trouble if the film is playing in your area, so if it is, I urge you to see it. 

To view the pages above, click on the thumbnails in succession. With thanks to TomDispatch for permission to show the excerpts.

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