Set in war-ravaged Northern Uganda, the Oscar-nominated documentary War Dance will touch your heart with a real-life story about a group of children whose love of music brings joy, excitement and hope back among their poverty-stricken lives. Three students in the Patongo refugee camp, all victims of terrible violence and losses, nevertheless prepare to enter a music competition that offers them a lifeline of hope. A national school dance and music competition is an unlikely symbol of salvation for three Ugandan children – Rose, Nancy and Dominic – survivors of Africa's longest ongoing conflict and the subjects of this immensely moving documentary. For more than 20 years, the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), a rebel militia group, has been waging war in northern Uganda. Amidst the violence, the LRA has abducted thousands of children, stealing their childhood, forcing many to take up arms and commit unspeakable acts against their own people. War Dance is a film of striking paradoxes in which the children’s accounts of affliction are starkly contrasted with the joy and pride achieved in preparing for competition.
Monday, 7:00-9:00 pm 1102 SCC Seminar Room)