Directed by Ari Folman • 2008 • Israel
Through innovative, hallucinatory animation, filmmaker Ari Folman delves into the darkest corners of his past in this powerfully cathartic exploration of war, trauma, and memory. One night at a bar, an old friend tells Ari about a recurring nightmare in which he is chased by twenty-six vicious dogs. The two men conclude that there’s a connection to their experiences fighting as Israeli soldiers in the 1982 Lebanon War. When Ari realizes he can’t remember a thing about that period of his life, he decides to meet and interview old friends and comrades around the world in order to discover the truth about that time and about himself. As he delves deeper and deeper into the mystery, his memories begin to resurface in a barrage of surreal images.