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War Dance (THINKFilm/Image DVD Documentary)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C+     Documentary: B



The Sean Fine/Andrea Nix Fine documentary War Dance is a pleasant surprise.  At first, I wondered if it would be interesting, boring and/or the same thing we have seen before about child victims in civil wars in other places of the world.  The title and images are potentially stereotypical and cliché, but instead, this is about children in Northern Uganda getting the chance to escape the living hell of war through the arts.


Groups of truly innocent children with little chance for anything manage to ignore potential death (from war, genocide, etc.) but fine solace in their pier groups and in music.  A competition keeps them involved and when one of the groups wins their way to a national championship, it becomes more than about song, but survival, pride, empowerment and possibilities.  The compelling 107 minutes is always engaging, as are the children and their families, making us realize that we can reverse the ugliest of situations if we really want to.  It has to start somewhere and that the weak and defenseless can find some kind of triumph is always encouraging, which is why you should see this documentary.


The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 can be soft, but is shot well, especially under the circumstances.  Color is consistent and locations are a mix of sad and amazing.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 is a little better than the Dolby 2.0, but both show their location recording circumstances.  Extras include a trailer, deleted and extended scenes.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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