Animated Documentary and the Scene of Death: Experiencing Waltz with Bashir
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-19, 12:54 authored by Katrina SchlunkeKatrina Schlunke
When brought together in the animated documentary, animation with its tradition of comic storytelling and gothic graphic fiction and the documentary film with its tradition of "realism" create new possibilities for understanding the relationship between spectatorship and memory. In this form memory and reality are volatile and changeable, yet believable. In the Israeli film Waltz with Bashir (dir. Ari Folman, 2008), the animated form of the bulk of the film is ultimately juxtaposed with television footage and still shots of the massacre within the Sabra and Shatila refugee camps. The film's final sequence of live footage, some of which would have appeared on most of our television screens across the world, makes of those passing seconds a death scene. As a "death scene" we see again but really for the first time the horror and the miracle of survival. The preceding animation with its intertwining flows of dreams and reality not only interrogates but enacts how memory can be seen.
Publication titleS A Q: The South Atlantic Quarterly
Department/SchoolSchool of Social Sciences
PublisherDuke Univ Press
Place of publicationUnited States
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