I watched ‘Waltz with Bashir’ the other night. Officially the movie is banned in Lebanon. Israeli products are illegal in town. Besides, it seems the phalangists, who are blatantly accused (well, wasn’t this public knowledge already since September 1982?) of carrying out the Sabra-Chatilla massacre, are not too pleased with the product either.Of course that doesn’t mean much in a country where nothing is allowed but everything is possible. And so the banned copies are on sale everywhere. Counterfeit of course, we wouldn’t have it any other way. That makes me a double offender, no doubt, although not really, 'cause we received it from a friend.
But if you live in Beirut, know a little bit about the history and the scenery of this place, I suggest you pick up your copy. I thought it was quite impressive for a documentary/movie. I recognized not only lots of places, but also events, and habits/moods.
It does teach you a lot about the resilience of human nature. Lebanese side, of course. We were all quiet after the movie. That doesn’t happen very often in my household.