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Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Antimilitarist Israeli animated documentary hits Cannes

Waltz with Bashir is a documentary film on the memories of a soldier (Ari Folman, the director) who took part in the Sabra and Chatila masscre of Palestinian refugees. The massacre was technically perpetrated by fascist Christian Lebanese militias allied with Israel but the Israeli army, under the command of Ariel Sharon, was surrounding the camps making sure nobody could escape.

Folman says:
You are 18 years old, they send you there, you go there on a plane. You land at the international airport in Beirut and you see people get killed for nothing.

When you look at it now, the rage and the anger is even stronger than it used to be before I made the film.

Maybe that's because I established family in the last five years and I have suddenly three kids. I look at them and they're boys and think: 'I will never let them do the same things I did.'

This film is one of the things in order to persuade them not to take part in any violence whatsoever.
Looks promising.

More at BBC: Animation tipped for Cannes glory.

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