Why is the movie called "Waltz with Bashir"?

Why is the movie called "Waltz with Bashir"?

The title alludes to an Israeli soldier losing his cool and firing all around himself on a street covered with posters of the recently deceased Lebanese President Bashir Gemayel—thus waltzing with Bashir. The incident occurred while Israel was engaged in a war with Lebanon in 1982.

Waltz with Bashir is a 2002 animated film that deals with issues of identity, memory, and history. It is based on the memoirs of Shelomo Dvir, who lived in Jerusalem during the 1960s and 1970s. The film was written and directed by Ari Folman (also known as Arnon Goldfinger).

It premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival and won the Jury Prize. It was also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

Bashir was one of the most prominent leaders of Lebanon's Maronite community. In 1980 he became president of Lebanon after his brother killed himself in front of him when they were both shot by a sniper. Two years later, Israel invaded Lebanon and Bashir was assassinated by a member of his own security team. This event forms the background of the waltz with Bashir scene described above.

Bashir was born Elie Khoury in 1934 in Beirut.

Who is the director of Waltz with Bashir?

Ari Folman wrote and directed the 2008 Israeli animated war documentary film Waltz with Bashir (Hebrew: vAls m bASHyr, translit. Vals Im Bashir). It shows Folman's search for forgotten memories of his time as a soldier in the Lebanon War in 1982. The film won the Golden Bear at the 48th Berlin International Film Festival.

Folman discovered that he had been imprisoned by Bashir in 1990 while making a documentary about his life. They became friends and collaborators after Folman was released from prison.

Bashir died in 1992 but not before directing Folman on his own imprisonment during the Lebanese Civil War. The two men made several more films together after this first encounter.

Waltz with Bashir has been described as an "Israeli Apocalypse Now" and as a "war film in the purest sense of the word".

It tells the story of two young soldiers who become friends while serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) during the 1982 Lebanon War. One of them, Menachem ("Mena") takes part in several violent incidents including an attack on a Palestinian refugee camp where he kills three people and injures two others. He is subsequently sentenced to 8 years in prison for manslaughter. While incarcerated, he finds out that Bashir has been arrested and accused of killing several Lebanese civilians during his own participation in the war.

What kind of documentary is "Waltz with Bashir"?

Documentary animation Waltz With Bashir has been described as a "animated documentary" since it is a sequence of flashbacks during Israel's 1982 invasion of Lebanon. "Memory is dynamic. It is not about what happened, but about what is recalled." (Einstein) That is why this film is considered a docudrama rather than a true documentary. The term "dokudrama" means "an animated drama", and refers to films that are made up entirely of dramatic scenes that have been sketched in advance.

Bashir is the name of two characters from the Koran: a prophet who lived around 700 years after Christ and has a similar role; and an angel who appeared before Jesus during his trial by Pontius Pilate and told him he would be saved if he confessed his work. Bashir is also the name of a character in James Joyce's Ulysses.

The film is based on these two characters from the Koran and tells their stories from the point of view of each one of them during their invasion. Bashir is a prophet who tries to convince Jews and Christians that Islam is a good religion while fighting against Syrian soldiers who want to kill him. He walks through Israel and Europe to reach both groups and show them how great Islam is.

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