I found this on TomDispatch's great anti war site... They've graciously let me quote the site and Ari Folman.. The Blog post with full interview is right HERE - Thanx!! - I can't wait to see the film and buy the book 17.Feb.2009 - This is part II, but you can enjoy part I on the TomDispatch
"As a 19-year-old Israeli soldier, Ari Folman took part in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and was on duty in Beirut during the notorious massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. Just a week ago, Waltz with Bashir, the animated documentary film Folman directed, in which he explores his own nightmarish, half-suppressed memories of that period, was given its first underground screening in Lebanon -- not far, in fact, from Hezbollah headquarters in southern Beirut -- though the film is officially banned in that country. It has also been screened in Palestinian Ramallah and is reportedly soon to be shown in the Arab Gulf states. It has already won six Israeli Academy Awards, best foreign film at the Golden Globes, and is now nominated for an Oscar as best foreign film."
Link to review of the film by Electronic Intifada