Professor Sharon Wallace
March 27, 2014
My Analysis on the film “War Dance”
In the film War Dance It follows the life of three schoolchildren who live in northern Uganda in a refugee village (Patongo refugee camp). The reason why they live in a refugee camps is the results of the rebels who are kidnapping children to become child soldiers and sex slaves. They enter a national music competition to show the rest of Africa that they have a voice even though the conflicts in northern Uganda have burdened their lives. Although the violence continues in Uganda these three children named Dominic, Rose, and Nancy attend Patongo primary school to let music enrich their live to help them cope with the grim reality they live in. Dominic age 14 one of the three children has been a victim like many other children to the rebels’ brutality. His brother was taken from him and Dominic never saw him again. He is one of three thousand Acholi children who get abducted every year to become a child soldier. Dominic has been forced to do horrible things for the rebels but manages to escape rebel captivity. He and his younger siblings are now displaced at Patongo refugee camp. He attends the Patongo primary school to learn, but his greatest joy is playing the xylophone he hopes that one day he will become a musician that plays around the world.
It’s not like what happened to Dominic was an isolated incident; Dominic is one of thirty thousand boys from the Acholi tribe who are turned into child soldiers. The main problem the rebels or known as the Lord’s Resistance Army are a group of radical extremist who have religious motives to justify their mass killings. The L.R.A. Claims that they are fighting for the people of Acholi but that is not true for more than 2 million people in northern Uganda have been displaced most of which are from the Acholi tribe(and about 90% of the children are also displaced into refugee camps). Many of the Acholi people stand in food lines; the government closes down the Patongo primary school one day of each month to feed sixty thousand people. The other child I mentioned was a girl named Nancy. She was from a beautiful village named Kiteng. The land was full of life and her people use to rely on farming. One day Nancy’s mom and dad went on an early morning to farm, but hours pass and only her mother returns in tears saying that her father has been murdered by the rebels, but the worst part is that the rebels returned to Nancy’s house and defiled her mother. Nancy and her siblings thought they would never see their mother again, but two months later they found her at the refugee camp. This is without question the crimes against humanity the L.R.A. perform every day to instill fear in their own people. The last of the children I mentioned before was Rose the youngest of the three at only 13 years old. Similar to Nancy’s story at night when the rebels usually attack they took her mother and father and ask them if they had children-protecting their children they told the rebels they did not have any. A few days later Rose went to her village to find out her parents were dead. Now she resides in the Refugee displacement camp, and lives with her aunt. Rose’s aunt treats her like
a house servant. Me personally I think part of the reason Rose’s aunt is so negative towards her is because she still wants to attend school, and have a better life while her aunt sees that as her niece being better than her because she is still holding on to her dreams of leaving Patongo. I’ve noticed that the kids in the film hold school values stronger than the kids who go to school in America. The reason being is that countries with very little know that the only way they can change their current situation is by striving for a good education. If people in the United States would hold education values more seriously, maybe we would be...
Cited: “War Dance” Dir. Sean Fine, Andrea Nix. Writers Sean Fine, Andrea Nix, Starring. Dominic, Nancy, Rose, Children and Community of Patongo northern Uganda. Production Co. Rouge Harbor Studios, Fine Films, Shine Global (2007 DVD). Other Films “The Good life (2013)”, other recent films “Inocente” (2012).
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