Waltz With Bashir
Ari Folman's Golden Globe-winning animated film Waltz With Bashir lends itself naturally to graphic novelization, and, to some, the book is even more accessible than the movie.
Folman witnessed massacres perpetrated by Christian militia in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila; 20 years later he had no memory of this horrific crime against humanity. This narrative follows his efforts to reconstruct the events and give sense to the dreams and hallucinations (powerfully rendered by illustrator David Polonsky) that haunt him. Frankly, I prefer the book to the moviefirstly, it is not subtitled. Secondly, the text balloons make it clear who is speaking. And finally, the printed images seem more vivid and connect and flow more coherently. In either version, this weighty story is a potent testimonynot that anyone was ever punished for this genocidal event. Nor was the hollow declaration never again heard.