Saturday, October 11, 2008
I've read over the years about the civil war in Uganda. The LRA rebel army has perpetrated some of the most gruesome and despicable acts imaginable, and children often are abducted and forced to do unspeakably savage things under threat of death.
War Dance is about an Acholi tribe school in the war zone of northern Uganda, situated in a refugee camp. Many of the children are orphaned or former child soldiers. The film doesn't flinch in the face of the children's stories, but by no means dwells on the violence. Rather, the focus is on the healing power of art. When the school is offered a chance to get expert coaching before a national music and dance competition, no one gives them much of a chance to succeed. I shan't spoil it for you, but the dance competition footage alone is worth much more than the monthly Netflix fee.
I suggest two things: add this to the top of your queue ASAP, and buy extra Kleenex.