Lisa Schwarzbaum
November 07, 2007 AT 05:00 AM EST

War Dance

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
PG-13
runtime
105 minutes
Limited Release Date
11/09/07
director
Sean Fine, Andrea Nix
distributor
THINKFilm
genre
Documentary

We gave it a B-

The cinematography is striking. The music is mesmerizing. And the triumph of the underdog team against all odds is extra satisfying, because the featured participants at Uganda’s national music competition are war-scarred orphans who live in a teeming camp. But it’s difficult to calm my tremor of unease about the filming process: For War Dance, white American filmmakers Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine selected three particular children, then made a pretty establishing shot after which each describes hell, sometimes on the very spot where a parent was hacked to pieces before the child’s eyes. B?

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