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Screen: Special Showings

Waltz with Bashir

When: Tue., Nov. 11, 7 p.m. 2014

NELSON MANDELA THEATER AT THE FEDEX GLOBAL EDUCATION CENTER— Joe Sacco is justly acclaimed for his innovative, comics-based journalistic dispatches from warzones, bringing news of the world to fans of graphic novels who might otherwise sustain themselves on more fantastical fare. Israeli documentarian Ari Folman established himself as the Sacco of film with 2008's Waltz with Bashir, which screens this week as part of the Ackland Film Forum series. Academy Award-nominated and banned in Lebanon, the film tells the story of Folman's attempt to recover his lost memories of being a solider in the 1982 Lebanon War. The animation, which looks like the rotoscoping of Richard Linklater's Waking Life but is actually a blend of traditional cartoons and Adobe Flash, allows documentary images of Beirut to dissolve into dreamscapes and back again, apropos of the film's theme of faulty memory. An original soundtrack by the minimalist electronic composer Max Richter rounds off an aesthetic punch that makes the harrowing material go down more easily. 7 p.m., free, 301 Pittsboro St., 919-966-5736,www.ackland.org. —Brian Howe

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