25 Documentaries That Will Make You a Better, Albeit More Irritating, Person

War/Dance (2007)

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The visually striking, emotionally stirring War/Dance follows a group of Ugandan refugee children as they compete in a national music competition. No question that the film's affecting, but its worth thinking about how that's achieved.

The common criticism is that the cinematography is just too pretty, providing a glossy, glamorized look at lives taht have been fraught with unthinkable trauma. What's been lost at the cost of this visual sheen?

As we hopefully learned from KONY 2012, bringing change to the countries of Africa will be a more complex process than it seems on the surface. It will require something beyond the superficial (as is the case with every issue mentioned in this list).

Still, it's hard to deny that films like War/Dance aren't valuable.

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