Pre-Festival screening for school groups, also open to the public
WAR DANCE (USA, 2007, 105 min.)
Set in the lush, Eden-like Acholi homeland of northern Uganda, ravaged by more than two decades of civil war, this film tells the story of three children, Dominic, Rose and Nancy, whose lives have been torn apart by the conflict. With family members killed and their homes destroyed, the children are among the 60,000 displaced persons residing in the Patongo Refugee Camp. The war has stolen everything except their music. When they are invited to compete in an annual music and dance festival, their historic journey to the country’s capital, Kampala, provides an opportunity for them to regain part of their childhood and to taste victory for the first time in their lives. Showing the children as they prepare for and participate in the competition, War Dance demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit in the worst of circumstances. Directed by Sean Fine and Andrea Nix Fine, co-produced by Josie Swantek. Winner, Documentary Directing Award, 2007 Sundance Film Festival. Audience Award, Hot Docs Film Festival, 2008 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature.
Introduced by Annie Kaempfer, Executive Director, Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital. Discussion with filmmaker Josie Swantek will follow the screening.
This film is rated PG-13 and is recommended for grades 7 and up.
Tickets still available for 10:00 am screening and 1:30 pm screening. To reserve seats, or for more information, please contact the Festival office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-342-2564.