Friday, April 06, 2007

"War Dance"
Review of Documentary
Wide Theatrical Release in the fall of 2007

Go see this film! This is one of the best documentaries I've seen in the past five years. "War Dance" follows the stories of three children, two girls and a boy, who have suffered unthinkable violence and loss to the hands of the rebels in the hotspot of civil war, northern Uganda. Without becoming melodramatic or cliche, directors Sean Fine and Andrea Nixe manage to tow a perfect balance between sharing the upsetting stories of the children's losses with the lightness of spirit that they can only feel when they are dancing, singing, and playing music.

Perfect on every level. Well balanced between the hardship and tough stories of children who have seen their parents die at the hands of rebels and the lightness and healing that they find through the music and dance of their tribe. "War Dance" is truly a seamless movie that will be an Oscar contender for 2007.

It won the best documentary award at "Sundance" and the Audience award at the Flagstaff Film Festival where Mama Chihuahua and I both caught it. Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix, "War Dance" has already won best directing for a documentary at Sundance and best film at the Flagstaff Film Festival.

Best directors for a documentary.
Just watch the trailer: