See this film

The documentary “War/Dance” opened in theaters yesterday.  It won for best direction at the Sundance Film Festival, and I caught it last month at the New Hampshire Film Festival. 

“War/Dance” follows the children, with particular focus on 3, that live in the Patongo refugee camp of civil-war torn Northern Uganda as they practice and compete in a national dance competiton, giving them moments of hope and excitement after experiencing the atrocities of war.  Amidst scenes of practicing for the competition, these children recall these atrocities – and they are gut-wrenching.   Nightime abductions by the Lord’s Resistance Army, boys turned into soldiers, girls sexually abused, witnessing the murder of their parents and family members, lost siblings, fear and nightmares.    The latter part of the film shows the joy and excitement of these kids as they compete – a pageantry of dance so beautiful, you almost don’t even care if they win.   They have won – at least for the time being.

Here’s the trailer.


4 responses to “See this film

  1. The photography in that trailer is stunning.

    Did you see the handmade instruments? Awesome!
    I hope it plays near us, I’d go see it. (I’m a documentary junkie)

  2. The cinematography was beautiful.

    I think you’d like the film.

  3. There are documentaries like this, made by directors like them, that never fail to remind us that as long as there are children like those all the rest of us who lead western-like lives are in fact ungrateful, greedy human beings. Or, at least, that is how I feel. Thanks for sharing, Michele.

  4. I totally agree, Sophia.

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