Waltz with Bashir

The international release of this film on December 25th 2008 couldn’t really have been more timely, given what unfolded in Gaza as the year drew to a close. At the centre of this docu-animation is a former Israeli soldier who served at the time of the Sabra and Shatila massacre in the 1982 Lebanon War, and the film traces him as he is forced to relive the memory of the massacre and Israel’s complicity in it. The style of animation, some almost photo-real, adds to the horror of the film’s subject.