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Israeli Film Series Slated at Ithaca College

 ITHACA, NY — The Academy Award–nominated documentary “Waltz with Bashir” will kick off a semester-long Israeli film series at Ithaca College. Free and open to the public, the film will be screened on Thursday, September 22, at 7 p.m. in Textor 101.

“Waltz with Bashir” is writer and director Ari Folman’s animated look back on his service as a 19-year old with the Israeli Defense Forces during the 1982 Lebanon War. It follows his attempt to regain his memories of the war through therapy as well as conversations with old friends and other Israelis who took part in the combat. In Hebrew with English subtitles, the film combines a soundtrack of classical and 1980s rock music with realistic graphics and surrealistic scenes to create vivid images of war’s terrible toll.

Premiered at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival, “Waltz with Bashir” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film — the first animated film to be so recognized. It won the Golden Globe Award and Critics’ Choice Award for Best Foreign Language Film, César Award for Best Foreign Film, National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Film and International Documentary Award for Feature Documentary.

The showing is the first in the “Israeli Voices” film series, sponsored by the Jewish Studies program at Ithaca College with support from alumnus Steven Weiss ’91.

For more information, contact Rebecca Lesses, associate professor and coordinator of the Jewish studies program, at (607) 274-3556 or rlesses@ithaca.edu.



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