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The most heart-breaking and genuine moment of War Dance is when a former child soldier confronts a captured rebel soldier about why he (the soldier) participated in kidnapping children and indoctrinating them into becoming children soldiers. The bravery of that small child and the empty soulless response of the soldier were the most powerful scene's in a film full of them. I highly recommend this film!!
Little known subjects are a great thing to learn about, and this is War Dance's biggest strength. The civil war in Uganda has raged for over 20 years, but few know what it's about or its effects on the population. One look at War Dance will give you some chilling insights.
Focusing on three children within the Patongo refugee camp of northern Uganda, all of the kids have lost at least one parent, sibling or family member to the horrors of the war, and have been forced into this government protected camp for basic survival. Life is dank, depressing, and full of fear. Until one day the children discover that their little school has qualified for the finals at the annual Kampala Music Festival. And with them will go Dominic, a boy forced into being a child soldier for the rebels and desperately trying to locate his lost brother. A gripping scene between himself and a rebel leader tells Dominic much of what he already suspected. Nancy, a tough young lady, will go the Kampala, too. And with her she brings the hopes and dreams of her father who was hacked to death by machetes (the visit to his grave is sure to have many reaching for the tissue box). Then we have Rose, the soft-spoken one who is obviously in a funk of depression. But to watch her dance is to see the lights burst forth from her eyes.
The documentary is exceptionally well put together.Read more ›
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Having been in several African countries, I was very impressed with the background of this story revealing the daily living conditions of the children and their families. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
As a bug guy, finding a functional camera strap can be hard. This is perfect!Published 5 months ago by Dan
Every one should watch this movie at least once. It makes you cry, cheer and laugh. Correction, watch it at least 3 or 4 times a year, there is so much to discover about another... Read morePublished 13 months ago by carl yarn
This is a beautifully done documentary. The music festival preparations and participation it chronicles weave hope into the fabric of the lives of the Acholi people of northern... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Sandra Milroy
Must-see documentary!! Brilliantly made and great story tellers. Child's dreams can always win over the hurts of life.Published 20 months ago by Anil Samuel