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'The Children's War'
(DVD / NR / 2010 / Cinema Libre)

Overview: 'The Children's War' is a documentary by Andrew Krakower that sheds a light on the lives of children in North Uganda who must avoid being consigned into Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army.

DVD Verdict: When originally setting out to make this film, Andrew Krakower intended to tell a story about the reversal of the HIV/AIDs infection rates in Uganda, but once there found the more chilling reality of the war in progress so he changed the focus of his film to bring this frightening tale to light.

This film contains the only interview with reclusive leader, Joseph Kony conducted by the BBC. According to him, all photographic evidence and the stories people tell about the atrocities committed by the Lord's Resistance Army are all propaganda and that not a word of it is true. He claims to hear voices and receive commands to do things and that people are being punished for not following the "Ten Commandments of God."

At a running time of 64 minutes, this film exposes a shocking truth about the kidnapping of children, some of whom only six years old, who are formed into killing machines for the so-called greater good. After being abducted, the children are divided according to their education levels and then are sent into training. Once the allotted training periods are finished, the children are tested with raiding villages for food and people to earn a rank.

With all the raping going on, it spreads the HIV/AIDs virus until many children worry that they are "dead people walking." The problem of abductions has gotten so extreme that the parents send children away on foot at night in hopes that they will find safer shelter instead of being easy targets. They are called "night commuters" and they sleep in town on the street. Kony still remains at large despite a warrant for his arrest. [HF] This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of an interview with the reclusive Kony himself!