"you probably will never hear of this film - and that's a shame"

Time to broaden my horizons I thought as I accepted the invite to go and see this film. Normally I'm very mainstream - I have no qualms in saying I'm a bit of a Hollywood whore when it comes down to it, generally ignoring the smaller, less mainstream films in favour of the blockbusters.

I'm really starting to think I'm going to have to stop with that line of attack. Whilst you undoubtedly get lot of bang for your buck with the Hollywood giants, more often than not you're left with a rather empty feeling - that the sole purpose of these films is to make money - not to tell a story, or convey a moral, but to line the pockets of the bigwigs back in LA.

Waltz With Bashir couldn't be further from that kind of film if it migrated to the other side of the universe. The director describes it as an ‘animated documentary'. As such, it is a true story, based on his personal experiences from the Israeli invasion of Beirut, and the massacres of Sebra and Shatilla. Be in no doubt - this film is powerful beyond belief.

We delve into the repressed memories of director and main character Ari Folman, uncovered during a conversation about a dream with a close friend. Thus begins a journey of self discovery, as Ari reaches out to those who were with him in order to uncover the truth of what happened in those dark times.

The style of the film makes it easy to forget that this isn't fiction - it is based completely on the experiences of one man, and as a result, carries with it an even greater poignancy. It is in one stroke, a fascinating insight into the workings of the human mind, and a harrowing look back at one of the most brutal incidents in the Israeli Palestine conflict.