Your email is not valid
Recipient's email is not valid
Submit Close

Your email has been sent.

Click here to send another


Soldier’s Story

An animated investigation of war

Print Email
  Ari Folman at the airport in Beirut in 1982
Ari Folman at the airport in Beirut in 1982

In September 1982, Christian supporters of President Bashir Gemayel, enraged by his assassination, massacred hundreds of Palestinians at the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in West Beirut while Israeli soldiers surrounding the camps did nothing to stop the brutality. Director Ari Folman was among them, but found, years later, that he had no recollection of the events he’d witnessed.

That realization sent Folman on an investigation, interviewing friends and peers about what they did and saw during the war in an effort to jog his own memory.

The breathtaking result of Folman’s exploration is Waltz With Bashir, a vibrantly animated, wrenching film—part memoir, part documentary—that has thrilled audiences around the world since its debut at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. It has already started racking up awards and has been nominated for a Golden Globe for best foreign film.

We spoke with Ari Folman in his hotel in New York where he was promoting Waltz With Bashir about the challenges of making this film, his favorite scenes, and the cinematic legacy he hopes to leave his children. [end of story]

The orchard scene:

“The Airport”:

The waltz:

Film stills and clips from Waltz with Bashir courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Print Email

Daily rate: $2
Monthly rate: $18
Yearly rate: $180

Tablet is committed to bringing you the best, smartest, most enlightening and entertaining reporting and writing on Jewish life, all free of charge. We take pride in our community of readers, and are thrilled that you choose to engage with us in a way that is both thoughtful and thought-provoking. But the Internet, for all of its wonders, poses challenges to civilized and constructive discussion, allowing vocal—and, often, anonymous—minorities to drag it down with invective (and worse). Starting today, then, we are asking people who'd like to post comments on the site to pay a nominal fee—less a paywall than a gesture of your own commitment to the cause of great conversation. All proceeds go to helping us bring you the ambitious journalism that brought you here in the first place.

Readers can still interact with us free of charge via Facebook, Twitter, and our other social media channels, or write to us at Each week, we’ll select the best letters and publish them in a new letters to the editor feature on the Scroll.

We hope this new largely symbolic measure will help us create a more pleasant and cultivated environment for all of our readers, and, as always, we thank you deeply for your support.

44. whoah this blog is great i love reading your articles. Keep up the good work! You know, lots of people are searching around for this information, you could help them greatly.


Your comment may be no longer than 2,000 characters, approximately 400 words. HTML tags are not permitted, nor are more than two URLs per comment. We reserve the right to delete inappropriate comments.

Thank You!

Thank you for subscribing to the Tablet Magazine Daily Digest.
Please tell us about you.

Soldier’s Story

An animated investigation of war

More on Tablet:

11 Non-Jewish Celebrities—and 2 Jewish Ones—Show Off Their Hebrew Tattoos

By Marjorie Ingall — You don’t have to be Jewish to sport Hebrew ink. But some of these stars should have thought twice before going under the needle.