Waltz with bashir review

2 Sep

I finally watched ‘Waltz with bashir’ last night. It had BEAUTIFUL animation, but despite being a war movie was quite boring. I did learn a little about history, and after reading up on The lebanese civil war I have a somewhat better understanding of the massacres against civilians the movie centers around.

In a nutshell:

  • Lebanon has a large christian population, specifically Maronite Christians
  • They had a civil war between political groups of Christians vs Palestinian Muslims
  • Israel armed and trained the Phalangist political party (christians) since they had a mutual hatred for Palestinian mulims
  • The Phalangist leader Bashir was assassinated in 1982.
  • Israel sent forces into Lebanon to help the Phalangists
  • Two days after Phalangist leader Bashir was assassinated, the Israeli Defense Forces surrounded the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila, not allowing anyone to escape
  • They then allowed the Phalangists to enter the camp
  • 3,500 Palestinian unarmed women, children, old men etc are massacred.

The movie is a documentary about a Israeli soldier who was there, who was so traumatized by what he saw that it was erased from his memory, and the documentary is about him finding his old batallion members and finding out what happened.

When they finally reach the massacre it’s interesting, but all the stuff before then is really slow boring conversations. The animation was superb and unlike anything I have ever seen before… but overall I couldn’t really recommended this to anyone other than animation enthusiasts.


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