War Dance Synopsis
Three children in a displacement camp in Uganda compete in their country's national music and dance festival.
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TV Guide

By Ken Fox
Documentary filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine found an ingenious way to tell their story in a film that is as unflinching as it is...
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San Francisco Chronicle

Beautifully filmed.
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
This War/Dance is among the most affecting films I've seen all year; it cuts to the core of being and gives individual faces to sorrow and...
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The Globe and Mail (Toronto)

By Jennie Punter
This film offers a child's perspective on the ravages and complexity of war and is also a convincing testament to the healing power of...
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New York Daily News

By Elizabeth Weitzman
Overly polished, but deeply affecting, documentary.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Carrie Rickey
Documents the emotional and spiritual journey of three orphans.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A refreshingly upbeat film that finds its roots in some seriously sobering events.
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Portland Oregonian

By Marc Mohan
Isn't meant to be a depressing experience, as each of these unfortunate souls recovers a sense of pride in themselves and their tribe...
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Austin Chronicle

By Marc Savlov
"It's difficult for people to believe our story," says one kid, succinctly, eloquently, "but if we don't tell you, you won't know."
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New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Even in support of the noblest of causes, manipulation is manipulation.
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Humanity is not lost

By ILoveForeignMovies
Not just another "oh those poor children in Africa" movie. Compelling portraits of unforgettable individuals (not just headlines and horror). Reaffirms the universality of the human experience -...

Best. Movie. Ever.

By grizax
Josie really set an unprecedented bar for her outstanding work!...


By ohuganda
I would highly recommend seeing War/Dance. I felt as though this movie gave the children a voice as they shared their stories and the meaning of music in their lives. This movie was incredibly...

War Dance - Moving story

By Henry_K
Excellent Documovie - very emotional. Beautiful photography. Must see for all adults witha conscience!...


By donavant
this is an awesome movie and a must see. it made my friend cry but the movie makes you see the innocent of the youth who are affected by war and the different levels on which they are affected. a...

war dance

By kps518
Very heart wrenching scene when Nancy went too visit the gravesite of her father. Found the movie too give some hope too the catastrophic events that took place in Uganda....

Great Movie

By dansha108

War / Dance

By Colorofmovie
A truly moving story beautifully told. My kids talked about this one all the way home....


By JusticeSeeker
War Dance was not what I expected. I cried throughout the movie at the loss of childhood, at the atrocities, and the constant pain. These children have little to live for, yet they have hope and...

One of the finest documentaries of the last decade!

By WillStephens
This is certainly one of the finest documentaries we have ever seen. It ranks with Hoop Dreams and Roger & Me. The cinematography is outstanding, and the film blends the horrific stories of three...

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Rated PG-13 | For some thematic material involving descriptions of war atrocities
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Riveting story of pain and beauty in Uganda.
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