Ari Folman
The Territory of Memory

Ari Folman

From 1975—1990, Lebanon was in the midst of a civil war. Its factions within were constantly in conflict, allies had become enemies and then once again allies. There were terrorist acts, massacres, blackouts and a city that was once called the Paris of the Middle East was completely desecrated time and time again. That city was Beirut and today Lebanon continues to struggle with itself. One of the most damaging aspects of the war was the Israeli invasion. It's a complicated history but Israel came into Lebanon with young soldiers not knowing what they were doing, listening to orders they couldn't reason and shooting at anything that moved. Director Ari Folman was a soldier in the Israeli Army during the invasion of Lebanon and he witnessed a particularly bloody and shocking aspect, the massacres at the Sabra and Shatila Palestinian Refugee Camps. He wanted to make a film about the war and in particular about the complicated and intangible memories of that time. The film was made and it's called Waltz With Bashir, winner of 15 awards.