War/Dance documents the lives of young students in northern Uganda, the site of a long-standing civil war. Their stories are unbelievably tragic, yet the film has the good taste not to over-dramatize it.

With the most simple of cinematic techniques, the students tell about their experiences in their native language with subtitles provided. The dancing is beautiful and becomes more significant as we understand the circumstances of the dancers.

Above all, the message is hopeful. Even after unspeakable crimes, there are possibilities for healing.

In a time of war such as our own, a little hope can be so refreshing. This is the type of film that makes you appreciate the important things, like having loved ones nearby. It’s the type of film that matters precisely because it makes us care about other people in the world.

Grade: A+

War/Dance is currently available.