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War Dance

By Joly Herman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Riveting story of pain and beauty in Uganda.

Movie PG-13 2007 147 minutes
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WAR DANCE won the 2007 Sundance Award for Documentary Directing and was nominated for an Academy Award, and for good reason. It's a visually stunning piece with real dramatic pull and a triumphant climax. It doesn't delve into sentimentality; rather, concise stories are told by these child witnesses to the horrors of war. In a land where 200,000 children have been orphaned by war, War Dance explores what makes them feel whole. The film succeeds in making the viewer feel very humble in the face of real courage. On the day of the performance, Dominic says, "We are going to show them we are giants." Thanks to this film, we can grasp what being a giant truly means.

Movie Details

  • In theaters: November 7, 2007
  • On DVD or streaming: September 30, 2008
  • Cast: Dominic, Nancy, Rose
  • Director: Sean Fine
  • Studio: THINKFilm
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Run time: 147 minutes
  • MPAA rating: PG-13
  • MPAA explanation: some thematic material involving descriptions of war atrocities
  • Last updated: February 25, 2022

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