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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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