Waltz with Bashir (2008): When Animation Encounters Documentary

Waltz with Bashir (2008) is deemed as the first piece of work which attempts to adopt the form of animation into the documentary storytelling. This film represents the personal military memories of the director Ari Folman, involving with nine interviews with the ones who suffered from the war happened in 1982. This documentary employs animation as the key technique to reconstruct the narrative, which enables audience to date back to unfamiliar history background and tries to relocate the essence of ‘war’ with viewers. Among nine interviewees, seven people actually ‘existed’ while the rest two borrow others’ stories. However, it could be argued that this does not influence the ‘truth’ of its historical narration……

Bingjie Zhai, Qiumeng wang, Dandan Li, Zifei Xu

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