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Oscar Movie Preview: War/Dance for Best Documentary

As part of my coverage of this year's Oscars, I'll be posting the trailers for as many of the Best Documentary and Best Foreign Film nominees as I can find. Since it's often harder to find these films in theaters, it's nice to at least get a taste of them before Oscar night — not to mention that it might help you when you fill out your Oscar ballot.

War/Dance is one of this year's five nominees for Best Documentary, and it's one of just a couple of films in that category that doesn't deal with the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It does, however, tackle the subject of war through the eyes of children in northern Uganda, where a rebel movement has thrown the country into turmoil.

The movie follows a group of students from a refugee camp as they train to take on 20,000 other schools in the country's National Music Championships, all while children throughout their region are made to join the country's army or are forced into slavery. The refugee children don't just worry about learning their songs and dances or staving off stage fright — they also have to worry that their bus won't make it safely through rebel territory or that tragedy will strike their family before the competition begins.

It looks like a moving and beautifully shot movie, and I hope the DVD becomes available soon. For now, to check out the trailer, just



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freegracefrom freegracefrom 8 years
I had no idea what this movie was when I voted for it on my Oscar Win prediction poll. I did save it on my Netflix queue though. Now that I know what it's about, I REALLY hope it wins.
x_juicyfruit x_juicyfruit 8 years
Oh, I want to see this now.
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
I won't be able to watch till it comes ou ton DVD cos th ecity i live in doesn't offer much variety at it's 2 cinemas.
Phasekitty Phasekitty 8 years
I'm going to see it this weekend- it opened at a bunch of indie theaters nearby thanks to it's Oscar nom, I'm sure.
kscincotta kscincotta 8 years
I actually got to see this last week (go awesome indie theater!) and was a really moving doc. The story really focuses on three of the kids in particular, and their stories were really moving. The contrast between hearing the chilling stories of how these children ended up in the refugee camp and seeing the joy while they compete in the music festival is amazing. I highly recommend this!
nyaradzom2001 nyaradzom2001 8 years
This trailer just made me cry. I want to watch this so bad .now
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