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War Dance (2007)

Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.

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Nancy ...
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Rose ...
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Jane Adong ...
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Kitara Coldwell ...
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Joshua Kyallo ...
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Three children living in a displacement camp in northern Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.

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The war stole everything, except their music.

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Documentary | Music | War

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Rated PG-13 for some thematic material involving descriptions of war atrocities | See all certifications »

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1 November 2008 (Japan)  »

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Opening Weekend:

$15,471 (USA) (2 November 2007)

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$111,469 (USA) (21 March 2008)
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Nancy: When I dance my problems vanish. The camp is gone. I can feel the wind. I can feel the fresh air. I am free and I can feel my home.
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Featured in The 80th Annual Academy Awards (2008) See more »

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The Strength of the Spirit
23 January 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate to see this movie on a promotional pass. Fortunate, as I may have passed up this very moving film. I have seen the documentaries up for an Academy Award this year and this by far surpasses them. It has inspired me. For many, many years Uganda has been at war with rebels, a conflict that I had heard about in the past and thought was long over. I had heard in my youth, how children's families were killed and they were kidnapped, the boys to become soldiers in the rebellion and the girls sex slaves. I was horrified to hear that it is still currently going on. This is a story of a group of these children from Patongo who survived. Some saved from being rebels and some … not so lucky, being forced to kill their own at gunpoint. Sounds dismal and bleak, but this is a story of Hope, Redemption, Pride and Perseverance. With beautiful cinematography and the story of song, music and dance these children are the very image of Life and the strength of the Spirit. The documentary focuses on three students in the Patongo refugee camp, Rose, Dominic, and Nancy, as they prepare for their first National Music Competition in which over 20,000 schools will be competing. They tell their story of survival and trauma of the brutally violent effects of the rebellion. Haunting and disturbing, powerful and most important uplifting, this is the finest definition of Courage. A must see film.


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