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The Child Soldiers of Uganda

From: David Kattenburg
Length: 28:37

Narrationless documentary about the plight of Uganda's child soldiers

Default-piece-image-0 This documentary is part of a larger series entitled "Children of the Earth," co-created by Dave Kattenburg and Victoria Fenner. Dave Kattenburg travelled to northern Uganda to gather material for this documentary, including original music performed by child and youth soldiers undergoing rehabilitation following their return to civilian life.

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This documentary is part of a larger series entitled "Children of the Earth," co-created by Dave Kattenburg and Victoria Fenner. Dave Kattenburg travelled to northern Uganda to gather material for this documentary, including original music performed by child and youth soldiers undergoing rehabilitation following their return to civilian life.

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The chilling power of narrationless voices

Narrationless documentary is a challenging production choice, but it is pulled off well here. The difficulty is that you really have to give the piece your full attention, or you will lose track of who is speaking and miss some of the implied narrative thread. Use of sound is OK, if a little predictable in spots--the sewing machine in the sewing classroom, for example. It is the children's voices which are strongest element. These children were forced, on fear of death, to do terrible things, and the calmness of their retelling declines to simplify the emotional impact of their ordeal and its aftermath. At the end, the bright music of the rehab camp effects a powerful affirmation without slighting the unresolved darkness of what has gone before.

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