Airdate: Waltz with Bashir

waltz-with-bashirSBS ONE presents the acclaimed Israeli documentary Waltz with Bashir on Tuesday, 1 September at 10.00pm.

Based on a true story, this is one man’s journey to uncover the secrets of his past, and understand his future.

The film has a strong of accolades to its credit including Official Selection in Competition: 2008 Cannes Film Festival, Nominated: Best Foreign Film 2009 Academy Awards, Winner: Best Foreign Film 2009 Golden Globes, Winner: Best Foreign Independent Film 2008 British Independent Film Awards, Winner: Best Animation 2008 Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, Winner: Best Film 2009 National Society of Film Critics Awards, Winner: Best Documentary Screenplay 2009 Writers Guild of America*

In the film an old friend tells director Ari Folman about a recurring nightmare he’s been having for the past two years, in which he is chased by 26 vicious dogs. The two men conclude that there is a connection between the nightmare and their Israeli Army mission in the first Lebanon War of the early eighties.

However, Ari is unsettled by the fact that he can no longer recall that period of his life. Intrigued by this riddle, he embarks on a journey to retrieve his lost memory so as to discover the truth about that time and more importantly, about himself.

The film took 4 years to complete.


  1. Absolutely stunning film, both as animation and in theme. This said, there’s one bit that I doubt will air uncut on SBS (the scene with an animated adult film), though the film can survive just fine without it really. Saw this at the cinema with some friends and none of us were prepared for just how devastating the final scenes would be, which really drive home the horrors of war.

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