Tragedy Recollection, Self and Social, in Waltz with Bashir

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2015-04-14
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Adams, Bradley
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What is memory, in both its individual and national forms? How do we manipulate and construct it? Waltz with Bashir, Ari Folman’s award winning and Oscar nominated film, plunges into the human psyche to reveal the fluid—and politically volatile—nature of individual and national memory. Folman, attempting to embrace his own elusive thoughts and feelings concerning his involvement in the Sabra and Shatila massacre in 1982 as an Israeli soldier, uses a unique, ethereal form of animation in a documentary format to produce a work that challenges viewers to question their own personal, social, and historic reminiscence. This presentation will focus on the ways Waltz with Bashir questions memory when humans are confronted with horrific tragedy, and the disturbing implications of what he discovers for the individual as well as the nation.

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