"One of the smallest , independent kingdoms in the ciberuniverse. Nothing fancy. Population? Just me, myself and my jaguars, my movies and my books (and, at this very moment, YOU). Hided and secret like Skull Island or Opar, the ancients in Guelyland use to read the scrools of a minor god called Voor-Hes.
Most of the treasures of Guelyland are made of paper, plastic and vinyl.Guelyland dreams with expanding in deep more then in surface. The music of Nik Kershaw has been heard here. There are apes, lots of apes in Guelyland. Woody Allen and Bob Hope visit it quite often. Here we love books (the Kingdoms Library is both celebrated and secret) Here we are atheists but very tolerant and think of god a bit too often and much. Guelyland is, the stuff my dreams are made of..."



Monday, July 5, 2010


War is a too short word. It should be longer. It should be uglier. It should give us a better picture of what it really means. I don't know what porcentage of people in the history of humanity has been in one. But until now, and I live in neutral Sweden, I've never been there. Waltz with Bashir (Ari Folman,Israel, 2008) throw me in the middle of one.
Animation can be a way to make you feel surreal against the real. But here, for me, here , it work the other way around. It's trip. A freaky bad one.
A recurrent nightmare about the war in Lebanon is told by a friend of our protagonist. Then he realices that his memory has been blocked and doesn't remember a think about his participation in the cruel episode. And he was there as well. So, he goes to his old comrades and dig, and dig, until he remembers in an awaking ending the details of the infamous massacre of Sabra and Shatila during september 1,982 in Lebannon.
It's animation but is a documentary. And, while we are watching it, we realice that is not about flags, ideals or sides but about humanity and stoping the things while we can and that the best time for it is always now. Somehow all wars are the same. Death, pain, abuse, fear. And then, it doesn't matter the time or the place. It could be anytime, anywhere. It is anytime, anywhere. And we, the humanity, the cherry on the top of the evolution (or the creation if you prefer) are the judge, the executor, and the offer. Because we are only killing ourselves and no one else but ourselves.
You were right Tito (my bro, not the dictator).
I give you the beginning of the movie. You take care of the rest.


#167 Dad said...

Well written. Can't remember if it was Steinbeck or Einstein that said, "War is proof of man's failure as a thinking animal."

Guely of Sweden said...

So good quote, Snyder,that I couldn't remind with the doubt
"All war is a symptom of man's failure as a thinking animal."
— John Steinbeck

Gigi Peligro said...

There´s been so many things written about war. It seems that is never enough to prevent or to warn about the lost of dignity and death. To me is like useless... and sometimes it feels like is not in our hands no matter what.

Guely of Sweden said...

True.I am even afraid that is part of the human nature. But this same human nature is made of good things also. It's a matter of choice... and sometimes (like the long labour of making this movie)actually helps to choose. Whole libraries has been written about war, yes, and too many of them to make of it something heroic and glorious and beautiful. Which is not.

(I am coping and pasting your comments dear friends and adding the respective URL, because otheri cannot publish your commentaries. So you know it. :)


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