“Waltz With Bashir” is a full-length animated film, funded partially by the Israeli government, depicting the Israeli experience in the 1982 Lebanon war. In addition to setting a new international standard in animation, the film is embraced by Arab movie critics, achieving a muted cult following in Lebanon, despite a Lebanese Government ban of the movie. Nominated for an Oscar, it receives a myriad of other awards including a 2008 Golden Globe for best foreign film and an Israeli Ophir award for best film, to name just a few of many accolades. Israel and its cinema often shows itself openly critical of its own policy choices.
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