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The Children's War (2010)

Joseph Kony , Andrew Krakower  |  NR |  DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Joseph Kony
  • Directors: Andrew Krakower
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Cinema Libre Studio
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2010
  • Run Time: 64 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #376,734 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Children's War" on IMDb

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About the Director

Andrew Krakower received his bachelor s degree in 2003 from The University of Texas at Austin s film program. He is writer-director of numerous short films. While still a student at UT-Austin, Krakower traveled to Uganda to begin production on his first feature film, The Children s War.

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Filmmaker, Andrew Krakower, was set to do a film about the successful reversal of AIDS infection rates in Uganda when locals began to tell him of a hidden battle raging in the North. Stories of unspeakable atrocities compelled Krakower to journey north despite warnings by the locals that it was far too dangerous. Along the way, he became aware of the Lord s Resistance Army and the 24-year long rebellion led by cult rebel leader, Joseph Kony. As he learned more about the war, Krakower and his crew changed their focus and this film. Hear the stories of the children who live in constant fear of kidnap, forced slavery and decimation of family. Listen to the children who escaped and survived in spite of their capture. Witness the only existing interview of Kony, who claims spirits have aided him throughout this fight. Discover how the Acholi people find a way of life among corrupt government soldiers whose protection from the rebels are accompanied by their own heinous abuses of power. Bonus Feature: Rakai short film

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Children's War: Life in Northern Uganda
1 Disc DVD being released June 22, 2010

"The Children's War" is a documentary film by Andrew Krakower that investigates a fratricide in the name of Christianity claimed to be led by infamous guerilla leader, Joseph Kony. In Acholiland, Northern Uganda, at sunset for the last 22 years, the LRA also known as the "Holy Spirit" has kidnapped, enslaved, raped, and forced compulsory enrollment upon 20,000 children to create an army to overthrow the government with the goal of ruling the country according to the Ten Commandments.

When originally setting out to make this film, Krakower intended to tell a story about the reversal of the HIV/AIDs infection rates in Uganda, but once there found the more chilling reality of the war in progress so he changed the focus of his film to bring this frightening tale to light.

This film contains the only interview with reclusive leader, Joseph Kony conducted by the BBC. According to him, all photographic evidence and the stories people tell about the atrocities committed by the Lord's Resistance Army are all propaganda and that not a word of it is true. He claims to hear voices and receive commands to do things and that people are being punished for not following the "Ten Commandments of God."

At a running time of 64 minutes, this film exposes a shocking truth about the kidnapping of children, some of whom only six years old, who are formed into killing machines for the so-called greater good. After being abducted, the children are divided according to their education levels and then are sent into training. Once the allotted training periods are finished, the children are tested with raiding villages for food and people to earn a rank.
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3.0 out of 5 stars My review of The Children's War. September 26, 2010
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The Children's War is a good documentary about the effects on children in Northern Uganda from the atrocities of Joseph Kony's LRA (Lords Resistance Army). The LRA had been abducting children for about 23 years and turning them into Child Soldiers or Sex Slaves. This documentary provides some information not previously known on this matter and expands some widely known information. For anyone who has an interest in the subject of Child Soldiers or Sex Slaves. Mostly this documentary casts light on the Night Walkers, the children who commuted many miles back and forth daily to Gulu City to sleep safely and not fear abduction by the LRA if they stayed at their homes. This isn't an exciting documentary but it's good and pertinent to the effects the LRA had on the children in Northern Uganda for 23 years. It has my recommendation and I recommend as a trusted and reliable source.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A truth untold March 28, 2012
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Amazing documentary revealing the truth behind the children's war in Uganda. Today's Kony 2012 awareness campaign can thank Dir. Andy Krakower for exploring this reality and creating the awareness needed to reach a tipping point. A must watch for anyone out there looking to understand what is happening in Uganda and how to relate to the people and their plight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Children's War March 27, 2012
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This is one of the most inspiring movies I have ever seen. It tells a story most do not want hear but should. The victims of Joseph Koney come forward and tell of the awful deeds he has done.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Movie! March 27, 2012
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This film is a moving and honest portrayal of an unspeakable stressor that these children live with every day. While we worry about what type of coffee we want these children worry about getting abducted, raped, maimed, and being forced to kill. The truth in this film will rock your delicate understanding of this conflict in Africa and make you think twice about why we have not even heard of the reality of this war.
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