The Insatiable Apostate- A Waltz with Bashir tribute.

**WARNING*This is UNCENSORED content*It’s also VERY LOUD, and I recommend it that way. It’s by design, I promise,…. watch at your own risk!~**

This is my tribute to Waltz with Bashir. A Film that is still banned in Lebanon to this day. Special thanks to A.I.(d) for the background music. You can find them here–

Waltz with Bashir (Hebrew: ואלס עם באשיר‎, translit. Vals Im Bashir) is a 2008 Israeli animated film written and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman in search of his lost memories of his experience as a soldier in the 1982 Lebanon War.[2]

This film released in 2008, is the first Israeli animated feature-length film released in movie theaters since Alina and Yoram Gross’s Ba’al Hahalomot (1962). Waltz with Bashir premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival where it entered the competition for the Palme d’Or, and since then has won and been nominated for many additional important awards while receiving wide acclaim from critics. It won a Golden Globe Award for Best Foreign Language Film, an NSFC Award for Best Film, a César Award for Best Foreign Film and an IDA Award for Feature Documentary, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film, a BAFTA Award for Best Film Not in the English Language and an Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.

The film takes its title from a scene in which Shmuel Frenkel, one of the interviewees and the commander of Folman’s infantry unit at the time of the film’s events, grabs a light machine gun and “dances an insane waltz” (to the tune of Chopin’s Waltz in C-sharp minor) amid heavy enemy fire on a Beirut street festooned with huge posters of Bashir Gemayel. Thematically, the film’s title is a symbolic description of the “Waltz”, which is a dance for a couple, that Folman is “dancing” with his memories from the war in Lebanon.

The film is banned in some Arab countries (including Lebanon), with the most harsh critics in Lebanon, as the movie depicts a vague and violent time in Lebanon’s history. A movement of bloggers, among them the Lebanese Inner Circle, +961 and others have rebelled against the Lebanese government’s ban of the movie, and have managed to get the movie seen by local Lebanese critics, in defiance of their government’s request on banning it. The film was privately screened in January 2009 in Beirut in front of 90 people.[3] Since then many screenings have taken place. Pirated copies are sold everywhere in the country. Folman saw the screening as a source of great pride:

“I was overwhelmed and excited. I wish I could have been there. I wish one day I’ll be able to present the film myself in Beirut. For me, it will be the happiest day of my life.”

Despite the popularity of the film and much critical acclaim, it is officially banned in Lebanon.

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